Tip #3 to be a rocket scientist is Associate with People in the Field. It isn’t only so that you can get the know the experts in niche you love, or managers in the companies you would love to work in.
It’s so that they get to know YOU!
How can you become known to the people that matter in aerospace?
How can you do something that matters in aerospace?
Mark your calendar for August 1st, because that is an important date. That is the date when the open nomination period begins for the technical committees and program committees within AIAA, the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics.
Check out this extensive list of AIAA committees and look for the ones that are focused on the specific topics you are passionate about. Better than just associating with anyone in the aerospace field is associating with the people who are doing exactly what you want to do (or very close to it).
You might be wondering, “Don’t you have to be an expert to be on these committees?”
Or, “What if I’m still in college?”
Fair questions, but don’t let that stop you! There is a process for committees to add “audit” positions for younger people (or people earlier in their aerospace career journey). There is a broad and serious recognition with AIAA, as with many other institutions and companies, that more proactive efforts need to be taken to give people opportunities to interact and contribute.
I will be collecting and sharing that information as it becomes available. Subscribe to this blog or connect with AIAA to learn more about these committees. If you have any questions, feel free to ask with a comment below.
Thanks for pursuing your passion in rocket science!