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If you are a parent or carer, or even an aunt, uncle, grandma or grandad who knows a family member interested in aircraft, space and possible career options, now or in the future, we can help! The Careers in Aerospace website aims to provide a one-stop-shop for aerospace and aviation careers with impartial information on key entry routes including engineering, flying and operations, as well as advice for those applying for university, apprenticeships or employment and links to employers and training providers via the Careers Directory. With the UK aerospace industry number 2 worldwide, and one of the world’s busiest airport hubs, there is something for everyone.

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Career areas

This website aims to give you as much information as possible, whether you are new to aerospace or already have a good understanding. Visit the Roles section to find out more about the variety of career opportunities, from aerospace engineering – including aerodynamics, propulsion, avionics, space and satellite design and flight simulation – to becoming a pilot, an aircraft maintenance engineer or one of the many operations areas such as air traffic control, airline and airport operations or business aviation.

With so many engineering pathways available, both in aircraft design and maintenance, the industry is particularly suited to people who like Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, and Design and Technology. However, for those who enjoy working with people and languages, there are also more fantastic options, particularly in airport and airline operations and aviation services.

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 LIVE – an annual recruitment fair for all ages looking for openings in aerospace and aviation, from work experience, apprenticeships, internships and graduate programmes to experienced hire roles. The fair also takes place at our London HQ.

Every two years the Farnborough AIr Show also provides one of the biggest aerospace aerospace and STEM events, Futures Day, enabling young people to visit the show and meet the world of aerospace in one place.

Futures Day 2016, Farnborough

Careers resources

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.

RAeS Careers Materials for all ages

Work experience opportunities

Many parents contact us as they are looking for help with work experience contacts. Our Careers Directory aims to provide aims to bring together in one easy-to-find place the hundreds of aerospace and aviation across the UK and beyond – large and small – with a summary of their opportunities for work experience, apprenticeships and internships, as well as programmes for graduates and more experienced candidates.

As we relaunch the Careers in Aerospace website, look out for new entries to help you find potential employers. You can also visit our Careers Service pages for advice on writing CVs and covering letters to help ensure their applications stand out from the crowd!

Careers in Aerospace LIVE 2017 at RAeS

Getting in touch

The Royal Aeronautical Society also offers a free careers guidance service in addition to our careers events and Careers in Aerospace website. Our 1-2-1 service offers personalised, impartial 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.

If you would like to bring a family member for a 1-2-1 appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange an appointment.

For further details please contact careers@aerosociety.com or visit our Careers Service pages for more help and resources.

Careers Directory

Leonardo

World-class advanced engineering built on sustained investment in research and technology and the expertise of our people.

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Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. Graduate and intern opportunities now open.

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Safran

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets.

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Semta

Not-for-profit champion of skills in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector.

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on-systems limited

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Atkins

Atkins - Aerospace, Defence, Security & Technology

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Safran Nacelles

Safran Nacelles. Do you love technology? Do you want to work at a company where innovation is a core value? Join us!

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Honourable Company of Air Pilots

Sponsoring and encouraging careers, safety and best practice in aviation through scholarships, apprenticeships, awards and...

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AeroSociety Jobs Board

Search and apply for live aerospace, aviation and engineering jobs on the AeroSociety Jobs Board, hosted by the Royal Aeronautical...

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KLM UK Engineering Limited

KLM UK Engineering Limited is the leading UK based Maintenance Repair Organisation delivering airframe maintenance & technical...

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Air Service Training

Air Service Training offers approved training and examinations to meet the requirements of the EASA Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance...

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Lodahl Aero Ltd

Aerospace Recruitment. Aviation Recruitment. Worldwide.

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