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Back in School: 3 Ways for Students to Move Their Drone Careers Forward

BY Tres Crow
17 April 2020

With schools and universities taking a break from in-person classes, now can be the perfect time for high school and college students to move their drone careers forward. Whether you’re studying for your Part 107 test, or researching different career paths, there are a ton of ways you can increase your knowledge and skills, and prepare for the next phase of your drone career.

Here are a few of the best!

Study for the test

While many test centers are currently closed, now is still a great time to dive into the test prep materials for the Part 107 test. Since test prep usually takes anywhere from 12-20 hours over a 2-3 week period, getting started when you have some down time could give you a good head start.

The great news is that we offer scholarships for high school and college students that range from free online test prep access to $1000 cash assistance for college classes. Here are our two scholarships:

High School STEM Scholarship for Aspiring Commercial Drone Pilots: This scholarship supports students who are interested in passing the FAA’s Part 107 exam in order to become a certified commercial drone pilot. Scholarship recipients receive free access to our industry-leading online test prep study program, and we also reimburse the $150 FAA exam fee. The total scholarship value is $450. The submission deadline is rolling.

Drone Technology College Scholarship: This scholarship awards students who are pursuing undergraduate degrees and who demonstrate an interest in pushing the drone industry forward. Two scholarship recipients each receive a one-time $1,000 cash award. Our 2020 scholarship submission deadline is May 15th, 2020 at 11:59p CT.

Research drone careers

If you’re interested in drones but still not sure what direction to take your career, you could spend some of your quarantine time diving into the different ways drones are being used in commercial and industrial settings. Use of drones is exploding across industries, so there is a place for you no matter what your interests are. Interested in filmmaking? Drones operators are needed for TV and film productions and in real estate sales videos. Want to work in the energy sector? Drones are used to inspect power lines, assess damage after storms, and monitor everything from coal piles to natural gas leakage. For more information on drone careers, check out our Drone Jobs Guide.

Practice with your drone

If you already own a drone, now would be a great time to get out there and start flying. The best way to get familiar with your drone and its functionality is to actually fly, and with many public places less populated, you have the space to practice. One really great way of passing the time is to get familiar with your DJI drone’s Intelligent Flight Modes like: hyperlapse, Point of Interest, and Tripod settings.

One thing to remember before you go: While the quarantine isn’t having sweeping effects on drone laws across the country, you’d do well to double check any flight restrictions for the area you’re planning to fly.

This is hardly an exhaustive list of things you can do as a student looking to break into the drone industry, but hopefully it gives you a solid start to moving your career forward.

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