Join our first Careers Webinars
The Royal Aeronautical Careers Team, along with supporters from our membership, are running a series of FREE online webinars in May. These include:
6th May – How to best prepare for a career in aerospace and aviation following a crisis
Time: 15.00-16.30 BST
We will be discussing and taking questions on the following topics:
- Theme 1: COVID-19’s impact on the UK/European Aviation & Aerospace Industry
- Theme 2: UK Industry Landscape, who is hiring & where are the jobs ?
- Theme 3: What are the most sought after disciplines at present and what are organisations looking for in terms of skills & experience?
- Theme 4: Job & Internship search skills – how do you do it in an industry downturn & the importance of being nimble
- Theme 5: Effective networking – why an industry downturn is a good time to build relationships?
- Theme 6: What is a portfolio career and how do you structure it: full-time add-ons, anchor roles & side gigs, multiple part-time roles & side hustles
- Theme 7: Your Early Career Journey
- Theme 8: What can you being doing in downturn to prepare for the upturn – CVs and other hints & tips
We will also be joined by some industry panelists and there will be a Q&A opportunity at the end. Register for free here!
Biographies of our speakers and panelists
Arpad Szakal MRAeS
I am an Aviation & Aerospace Lead at Cellence Plus, a boutique executive search & leadership assessment firm based in London. We provide mid to senior-level executive search and leadership advisory services to a broad range of clients in the aerospace and broader transportation sectors. Prior to my career in search, I worked at the Aviation Departments of two leading international law firms in London where I handled various EU regulatory matters including passenger rights. I earned my LL.M. (Adv.) degree in Air & Space Law at the Leiden Institute which is one of the leading academic research and teaching institutes in the world, specialising in aviation law and regulation. I am also an active member of The Aviation Club of The UK, the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Air League.
Jenny Edwards ARAeS
I am a University of Southampton graduate with a Master’s degree in Physics with Astronomy. During my time at University, I undertook two summer engineering placements as a Systems Integration Engineer with Archangel Aerospace and as a Development Engineer with Rolls-Royce. I have been on the Lockheed Martin Ampthill graduate scheme since Autumn 2018 working as a Systems Engineer. During this time, I have had placements in the Special Projects Team within the Modelling & Simulation group, on a Research & Development project investigating Operational Analysis tools, as the technical assistant to the chief engineer of the Ajax vehicle turret program, and currently I work as a Systems Engineer on a defensive space project. I sit on my local RAeS branch committee, have presented on a panel for emerging defence issues with the Royal United Services Institute and am an active STEM Ambassador. As part of this, I am on both the Outreach Committee and lead the Women in STEM team for Lockheed Martin Ampthill, promoting careers in science and engineering to children and young adults across the UK.
Nick Davis – Employability & Skills Executive, RAeS
I am an engaged and enthusiastic member of the Careers & Employability Team at the Royal Aeronautical Society, leading on secondary outreach programmes, communications, careers workshops in schools, colleges and universities and content management for our Careers in Aerospace website. A key aim in my role is to provide support to uphold and create new talent into Aerospace and Aviation, through our outreach events, workshops and 1-2-1 careers service. I am also an experienced Flight Operations Controller within the commercial & private aviation sectors and have previous experience as a Marketing professional with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Analytical Skills, Communication, Public Speaking, Proposal Writing, and Report Writing. Strong marketing and aviation professional with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) focused in Geography from the University of Northampton and an MSc in Air Transport Management from Coventry University.
Rishi Radia AMRAeS – Careers & Outreach Officer, RAeS
I had desired to work in the Aerospace sector since childhood, due to the influence of my father who gained a Private Pilots License and is an aviation enthusiast. My journey began at the age of 12 whereby I joined the Air Training Corps based at RAF Northolt. Additionally at the age of 13, I also became a Student Affiliate of the Royal Aeronautical Society whereby I could be seen attending various events and lectures I had always endeavoured to become a Commercial Airline Pilot and therefore upon finishing A-Levels, I embarked on gaining an ATPL license at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy. Upon completing the integrated course, I held various positions in the aviation industry, being based at Heathrow Airport as a Customer Service Representative for Menzies Aviation, to taking my career to the skies as a Cabin Crew with easyJet based at Luton Airport. I then went on to undertake a position in Ground Operations with British Airways whilst also searching for that all important First Officer position within an airline. Regrettably throughout this period, I was forced to give up my lifelong ambition of being an airline pilot due to unforeseen circumstances. However due to the major influence of aviation in my life up to this point, I felt that I could use my skills and knowledge to add value in other areas of our vastly evolving industry, in particular inspiring the next generation of young people into the world of Aerospace. This has then brought me to work here at the Royal Aeronautical Society, whereby I am able to use my knowledge and experience to assist the younger generation to carve out their path in the Aerospace industry.
Rosalind Azouzi – Head of Skills & Careers, RAeS
Rosalind is Head of Skills and Careers at the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) in London, leading its outreach, skills and employability activities which covers a number of programmes including primary and secondary school outreach, the alta mentoring programme for women, apprenticeships and end point assessment, as well as careers coaching, advice and guidance for all ages. Rosalind works closely with schools, colleges and universities as well as with employers from across the aerospace and aviation sectors and is a part of the AGP Skills Working Group, Aviation Industry Skills Board and Aerospace & Airworthiness Apprenticeships Trailblazer Group. Rosalind graduated with BSc French, Economics and International Business from the University of Surrey in 1997 and worked in in EFL training, student placements and employability, in France and the UK, before joining the RAeS in 2004.
Established in 1997, The Royal Aeronautical Society Careers Team are your one-stop-shop for FREE impartial and specialist advice. While the service has lived through many crises, Covid-19 sees the industry’s biggest challenge yet and we are here to provide specific support. We have a vast range of resources and materials on careers in aerospace and aviation – from civil, military, engineering, maintenance through to pilots, cabin crew, business and operations. We are here to support anyone, whether you are new to the sector or experienced professionals looking for further development.