The Royal Aeronautical Society and ADS Group's joint, not-for-profit Careers in Aerospace website is an informative ‘one-stop-shop’ for aerospace and aviation related careers information, advice and guidance (IAG), and, since its 2010 launch has become a popular resource for individuals, careers advisors, educators and industry alike. The site design was based on the work of RAeS Associate member Mark Furness, aerospace engineering graduate and now First Officer with British Airways, who created the structure and template working closely with the Society and ADS to create a site which is easy to navigate and visually appealing. Features include:

  • Career areas such as design, flight simulation, aircraft maintenance, flying and operations
  • Case studies from employers
  • Pathways and entry routes with apprenticeship information and course listings
  • Resource section for job seekers including CV and Skills advice
  • News area featuring vacancies, competitions, careers and recruitment fairs, scholarships and other useful information
  • Online enquiry form directed to the Society’s careers team

The website also provides a practical way for the aerospace sector to provide a clear and consistent careers message to the general public. Nearly three years on, the website has become an important tool for young people, careers advisors, teachers and parents alike. In 2012, unique visitor numbers more than doubled to over 42,000 while the website complements the Society’s other careers and employability activities including the 1-2-1 appointment service, University and College CV & Career Workshops, Career Flightpath magazine, and the Careers in Aerospace LIVE recruitment fair. Promotion to careers advisors The Society Careers and Education team are now regular exhibitors at the National Career Guidance Shows (NCGS), again supported by ADS, to promote the website and fantastic careers opportunities that the aerospace and aviation sectors offer. This is particularly important given the changes to careers guidance provision in schools that have taken place in recent years with many now working on a freelance basis with local schools. We attended the 2013 London event on 20-21 March at Olympia 2 and were inundated with enquiries. Many careers advisors explained they are now regularly using the website to advise their clients and Career Flightpath magazine is also very popular for both content and visual appeal. One careers advisor who looks after four schools in Sussex said: “The website is excellent and I regularly use it as many of the students I see are interested in engineering. ” Nonetheless, the announcement on 18 March of the UK Government and aerospace industry’s new £2 billion partnership in research and development (R&D) in wing, engine, aero-structures and advanced technologies in the UK was particularly well timed for the event. It had come as a surprise to many other NCGS visitors who had not realised the importance of aerospace to the UK economy and the huge employment potential it offers, particularly in engineering, and they visited the Careers in Aerospace stand to find out more and came away with a much better perception and awareness. Getting involved The website is designed to be used by the aerospace and aviation community. From sending in features for news items, such as recruitment news and press releases relating to careers and skills, to ensuring your organisation – whether prime manufacturer, SME, regional airline/airport or consultancy – is represented in the Company Directory (or, if you are a course provider, in the University/College/FTO Directories) and sending us inspirational case studies , there are many ways you can help  ensure the website continues demonstrates the true diversity of the aerospace and aviation careers landscape to the public at large. To learn more, please contact: T: + 44 (0)20 7670 4325/6 W: The Society is grateful to ADS for its continued support.

Rosalind Azouzi
24 March 2013