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CAREER PATH

NAVIGATING THE HIRING PROCESS
IN INDUSTRY
We often encounter students seeking advice on entering
the aerospace industry after obtaining a bachelor's
degree in engineering. The following are a few thoughts
on navigating the hiring process.
Before jumping into industry, it is good practice to
seek internships to begin gathering experience and
finding areas of interest or, in fact, areas that aren't a
fit. An internship at a defense company can also be a
path to a security clearance, which can be a surprisingly
important credential when you graduate.
But what about graduate school? I'd suggest graduate
school can be a worthwhile option if someone else
pays for it. Companies like mine have good tuitionreimbursement programs that allow employees to pursue
graduate degrees while working full-time. If a university
is willing to pay your way, that is certainly a good option,
too-no student loans either way. Graduate school is an
indicator of advanced training. I'm more interested in
the transferable skills (self-motivation, technical writing,
presentation skills, learning orientation) than the specific
thesis topic.
Once you start pursuing industry opportunities, the
process can seem overwhelming. It is tempting to put
together a perfect resume and fire away at dozens of
job postings. I'd recommend spending the time to tailor
your resume to each job posting. Managers notice. Make
sure your resume indicates experience required for the
position, and use matching language where possible. The
first screener of your resume may be a talent-acquisition
specialist not familiar with engineering language and
acronyms. If the job posting is asking for CFD experience,
be sure to use that exact language. The screener may not
understand that Fluent and STAR-CCM are CFD codes.
Once you get by that first screener, the hiring manager
will be involved and your odds will have improved greatly.
It is helpful to understand the annual hiring cycle
and use that to your advantage. Many companies
release entry-level positions (and internships) at the
start of the school year. Waiting until a month or two
before graduation to begin the job hunt puts you at a
disadvantage; most of the positions are already filled and
the competition for those remaining is higher. Attending
recruiting events is recommended. Companies are
invested and seeking to hire in quantity at those events.
They provide a chance to learn a lot about a company
and make connections. You have the chance to narrate
the discussion around your experience and objective.
One final note. Your path will likely be non-linear. And
that is fine. Make the most of the opportunities available
to you and position yourself for the next step. Maybe

32 September 2019

Ryan Reynolds of Lockheed Martin is one of the main volunteer coordinators of SAE
Aero Design student competitions. Here, he briefs volunteer field marshals at SAE
Aero Design West 2019.
you want to work in aerodynamics but take a first step into industry in
systems engineering or flight test engineering. You can move laterally
later, and you'll learn a lot in the meantime.
Good luck!
This article was written for MOMENTUM by Ryan Reynolds, Ph.D., Manager
- Flight Sciences, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif.

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Momentum - September 2019
Contents
Editorial
Briefs
Student Generation
Air Mission
Baja Believers
Passing Tech Inspection Proves Difficult for Teams at Sae Clean Snowmobile Challenge
Competition Comes to Mcity
Penn State Behrend Repeats as Champ at 40th Anniversary of Sae Supermileage
Victory for Victoria at Formula Hybrid
Engineering the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
F-16 Anti-Collision Software Now Used in the F-35
Sae 101: Innovations in Mobility Conference
Miscellaneous News for Sae Student Members!
DOSSIER: Samuel Brennan of Millersville University
Navigating the Hiring Process in Industry
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