Graduate Student Has High Hopes for the Future of Aviation
Jorge Canido has big dreams in the aviation industry. With ideas that could transform the world of aeronautics, he decided to pursue not one but two master’s degrees from Embry-Riddle.
Although he hails from Bolivia, Canido (‘22, ‘24) attended a German school, where he learned both German and English in addition to his native language of Spanish. Now, he works for a German company based in Miami, Florida, where he speaks the language among his coworkers daily.
Emphasis on Education
On top of his full-time job, Canido recently completed his M.S. in Management Information Systems and is currently earning his MBA in Aviation.
About his decision to pursue additional schooling, Canido said he values education. He also considers the affordability of the Embry-Riddle Worldwide programs and the ability to complete them on his schedule to be major bonuses.
“I have learned a lot of project management skills... It’s the future, project management,” he remarked. “If we want to be in high positions, we have to know effective communication methods, how to manage teams and how to be a resilient leader.”
Transforming the World of Aviation
Canido has taken notice of an untapped market for more efficient commercial flights in South America and wants to be the one to revolutionize it. His goal: to launch his own airline.
His dreams do not stop there. Canido is passionate about increasing accessibility in the world of air travel as well. He wrote his thesis on the topic and credits the inspiration behind his ideas to his best friend, who has ALS (a disease that weakens muscles and motor neurons) and now uses a wheelchair.
“We assume everyone is abled and can get from point A to point B; however, there are people with physical disabilities that don’t have that opportunity,” Jorge shared, continuing, “I think airlines have taken too long to accommodate this type of passenger; if airlines just relied on data, trained their personnel and kept everyone informed, they could significantly improve the travel experience of physically disabled passengers.”
Canido shared that his friend is too nervous to fly because she is concerned about her wheelchair being broken. Data shows that more than one in every 100 wheelchairs packed in the cargo area of domestic flights are damaged, delayed, or lost. * Canido’s friend confided that if something happened to her wheelchair, she would feel like her legs were broken and that she had lost her freedom.
To Shape an Industry
As Canido completes his degree, he will continue to push for his goals to become reality. He understands the importance of strengthening your education and shared his thoughts on why it is relevant to do so in today’s world.
“Learning about current topics at a deep level is so necessary if you want to become the next Steve Jobs, to shape an industry, or to have an impact in the work that you do.”