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Rising Stars: A Serendipitous Path to Aviation Consulting

By Erdin Beshimov

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.

 
Name: Daniela
School: Georgetown University
Major: Finance & Management
Years Out of College: 0-2
Title: Analyst

 
First Steps

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 Now

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 international finance.

Challenges Faced

One of the main challenges for me was figuring out what I wanted to do. Since I only had a general idea, I had to apply to many different fields and learn through the application process. Another challenge after I started working was the fact that I was the person with the least experience in the company, and thus, had to go out of my way to learn about the industry, do research, read the news, learn to use the company programs, talk to other people in order to better understand the projects we do, etc. I also had to ask a lot of questions, and let my coworkers know that I did not know everything, which has allowed me to learn a lot.

My Experience

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.

Next Steps

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 Up Here?

I had no idea I would end up in the aviation industry, which has turned out to be very exciting.

Advice for Others

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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