Finding the right job in aerospace

There are many different types of jobs or positions in the field of aerospace engineering. How did you know what part you wanted to get into? What advice can you give me about finding a career after getting a degree?
posted by Mya, Washington, DC on June 28, 2013

Answer by Nicolette Yovanof

Hi Mya! I personally think that the best way to find the right part is to try different things out.  I picked an area that interested me the most in school and worked to get an internship in that field.  It turns out that I was lucky and I really did enjoy it.  And in the meantime, I've been able to experience different aspects of it that I do like and some that I don't like, so you will continue to learn in your career what works best for you.  If you can't get an internship at this time, I recommend getting other hands on experiences through volunteering, engineering organizations, clubs, and continued education.  My biggest advice about finding a career goes along with this - don't be afraid to try new things and maybe get out of your comfort zone.  There are a lot of opportunities out there, so try them out and see if they're a good fit.  Also, find a job that you keep learning at because that will make it interesting.  
If you're currently looking for a job, network whenever you can.  Get involved in aerospace organizations and clubs, go to career fairs, attend presentations, and get to know people and opportunities.   A lot of jobs are also posted online now, so familiarize yourself with the online processes and tips for making sure you stand out electronically!  Good luck!