In today’s competitive job market, projects such as the Airbus Fly Your Ideas challenge provide students with the perfect opportunity to get to know a potential employer, gain a better understanding of potential career paths and develop valuable skills to help them stand out from the crowd.
Here, three people working at Airbus in different entry level programmes talk about the benefits of developing these transferable skills.
Anna Radeva, Airbus Group Graduate Development Scheme, PROGRESS
My job: “Identity. Freedom. Innovation.”
As a Business Law graduate, for Anna, an open-mind and proactive attitude is vital to ensure that you seize and make the most of any potential opportunities. Showing that you are a team player is also invaluable – “we do appreciate knowledge and skills, but when these are combined with adaptability and team-play, you bring so much more to the company”.
From her own experience of taking part in a work placement prior to becoming part of the Airbus Employment team, Anna recommends getting involved in “initiatives like Fly Your Ideas which allow you to get to know Airbus better and really demonstrate your skills, participate in working groups and student organisations. Finally, be curious – learning is a consistent part of each career path.”
Keltoum Ahmadi, Intern, Airbus Employment Marketing
My job: “Fascinating. Challenging. Team-work.”
For Keltoum, team-work is the most important skill in her current role and one that employers are looking for. She says: “Working at the headquarters of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer means being part of a high-performance team where every day you exchange ideas and expertise with colleagues from different countries and nationalities, disciplines and backgrounds. Nowadays, companies need to recruit graduates who are innovative, pragmatic and able to be team players in multi-national teams.”
Projects that clearly show team-work in practice really draw the attention of potential employers. “Participating in a programme such as Fly Your Ideas helps students to strengthen their project management, critical thinking and communication skills.
Thanks to this kind of programme students work in groups and build a team spirit while they are working on revolutionary projects.”
Benjamin Dayde, Airbus Apprentice Scheme, Airbus Employment Marketing
My job: “Social Media. Universities. Mobility”
Part of the Airbus apprentice scheme, Benjamin says that he has the perfect opportunity to develop within an exciting environment, combining theory and on-the-job training.
For Benjamin, the key for recent graduates is to show their ability to think outsid e of the box. “I would definitely recommend students to develop such skills through professional experiences like internships, apprenticeships or graduate programmes. Beyond that, a challenge like Fly Your Ideas is excellent training to improve such skills. The competition itself is based on innovation and allows the participants to express themselves and share their view of what the future of air travel could be. But it also brings people from different countries and backgrounds together to work on a project which is another ability strongly sought-after in a professional environment.”
Find out what finalists from Fly Your Ideas had to say about their experience in the competition:
Team Ecolution: http://www.airbus-fyi.com/article/192?back=Site.about
Team Msia: http://www.airbus-fyi.com/article/193?back=Site.about
Team SSE: http://www.airbus-fyi.com/article/194?back=Site.about
Team Wings of Phoenix: http://www.airbus-fyi.com/article/195?back=Site.about
To find out more about employment within Airbus, visit: www.airbus.com/work