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Rising Stars: A Serendipitous Path to Aviation Consulting
With a degree in Finance and Management, Daniela didn't exactly know where she wanted to be, other than that she hoped to find a dynamic, challenging environment. By applying to many different jobs she stumbled upon aviation consulting, which she says has been a tremendous learning experience so far.
School: Georgetown University
Major: Finance & Management
Years Out of College: 0-2
My first job as an aviation analyst is going well. I work in a consulting company, so we are always working on new projects, which makes it an interesting learning experience. Plus, it's a small company, which allows me to get more involved in projects. I have realized how important it is to enjoy the work environment created by coworkers and the type of work in a company, which are things I will continue to look for in future jobs.
From Then to
My majors are Finance and Management. I knew I wanted
to get a finance-related job but did not know exactly what. I
did know I wanted to stay in DC and learn more about
When I first get to work in the morning, I usually read
the industry news (provided there is nothing more pressing
that needs to get done). Then I start working on projects
depending on the order that they need to get done. Since it
is a consulting company, we do not follow a regular schedule.
Instead, we get assigned projects according to the clients
needs. That unpredictability makes my job more interesting. I
also enjoy working on things with which I do not have a lot
of experience because it is when I learn the most.
In my next job, I would like to continue to work on different projects, as opposed to doing the same thing everyday. I would also be interested in doing something more international, although the projects on which I work are usually related in some way to other countries.
Did I Ever Think I'd End
I had no idea I would end up in the aviation industry, which has turned out to be very exciting.
A professor once told us that you have to figure out what you want to do and then it will be easier to get there. However, when one has several options, it is best to apply to different jobs, even to ones that are only remotely interesting. It is by applying, reading about companies, going to interviews, and talking to employees that I got a better idea of what I wanted to do. Talking to other people is especially important since they have information and experience allows you to figure out what you would/would not like to do.
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