Whether you are a careers advisor working with schools, colleges, universities or all-age careers services, we hope you will find the Careers in Aerospace website a useful resource for your clients and inspire you to discover more about the vast array of career pathways and entry routes on offer. The UK offers fantastic opportunities for those seeking a career in aerospace or aviation and is home to over 40 universities with specialist aerospace and aviation courses. UK aerospace employers also have a strong tradition in apprenticeships which are currently seeing renewed investment and, along with the UK’s internationally recognised safety record and top-class flight training schools, there is no better place to launch a career.
Using this website
We have designed this site to help careers advisors get to know the many options available. The Roles section of this website is designed to introduce you to the variety of aerospace engineering careers, from aerodynamics, propulsion systems, avionics design to space engineering and flight simulation, the sector is a fantastic place for people with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects. For those who are more hands on, manufacturing components or joining aircraft maintenance repair organisations also offer another fantastic route. Pilot training includes both military and commercial pilot routes, and fixed wing and helicopter options. However, given the significant investment required. we aim to provide impartial advice and guidance concerning the different options.
Our pages are designed to be easily printable if you are working with a client and need to print any information off for them to take home.
The Royal Aeronautical Society also produces a range of supporting careers materials which are all available free of charge. These include Career Flightpath magazine, covering information, advice, features on key aspects of the industry and interviews with early careers and experienced professionals. Our ‘Malaga’ careers poster is designed to be an eye-catching and thought-provoking insight into the many roles which go to make up a commercial short-haul flight. For younger ages, our ‘Cool Aeronautics’ booklet shows children the exciting key roles in aerospace and aviation and what subjects help you get there.
Aerospace and aviation careers events
There are many events which aim to introduce young people, teachers, parents and careers advisors to the world of aerospace and aviation. These include the Royal Aeronautical Society’s programme of activities which are all free to attend:
- Cool Aeronautics – one-day events across the UK and beyond for 9-10 year-olds and their teachers
- Ballantyne careers awareness event – an annual conference for 14-18 year-olds, teachers, parents and careers advisors at the Society’s headquarters building featuring talks and case studies from early career and experienced professionals
- Careers in Aerospace & Aviation LIVE – an annual recruitment fair for all ages looking for openings in aerospace and aviation, from apprenticeships, internships and graduate programmes to experienced hire. The fair also takes place at our London HQ.
Every two years the Farnborough Air Show also provides one of the biggest aerospace STEM events, Farnborough Friday, enabling young people to visit the show and meet the world of aerospace in one place.
Getting in touch
The Royal Aeronautical Society also offers free careers guidance service in addition to our careers events and Careers in Aerospace website. Our 1-2-1 service offers personalised advice, help with CVs, covering letters, online applications and job search. This service is free and by appointment only at our London offices, or by telephone for those unable to travel to London.
We also offer free college and university workshops for groups of 10 students or more. The workshops cover job hunting advice, CV writing, articulating soft skills, online application forms and preparing for interview. The workshops can be followed by ‘speedy’ 1-2-1s for attendees to look over their CVs and answer questions.