When you begin a career, you may not be sure what skills you are lacking, so working part-time, taking an internship, or even volunteering could help prepare the student for what the job entails, and make them more comfortable as they begin their career. As the career develops, the engineer may begin to see skills that are lacking, such as English writing, or team building, or many other aspects of the job that come up in day-to-day operations, and they may want to study those skills so they are a more well-rounded and skillful employee. They may discover they need more chemistry or statistics skills, or any number of skills they had not anticipated, and so may return to school for those classes, or even to continue their education to the masters or PhD level. All of this will become apparent as their career progresses and they continue to meet new challenges and problems head on.
In conclusion, the aerospace engineer faces an interesting, challenging, and exciting future.
We are on the brink of real space travel for the general public, flying faster and farther, and reaching out farther into space than we ever thought possible. It is an exciting time in aerospace, as the industry is also facing major losses and a downturn because of the worldwide sagging economy and rising fuel costs. To meet these challenges, aerospace engineers of the future will have to be innovative, creative, and passionate about what they do, to lead the industry right into the middle of the 21st century.
Editors. “Aerospace Engineer.” The Princeton Review. 2008. 6 Nov. 2008. http://www.princetonreview.com/Careers.aspx?cid=5&uidbadge=%07.