Aviation for Women

JAN-FEB 2018

Aviation for Women is the flagship member publication of Women in Aviation International. Articles feature women who have made aviation history, professional development ideas, and current-topic articles.

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Changing Dr. Jessica Edmonds the Future of Aerospace MIT, PhD and S.M.; Northwestern University, B.A. and B.S. Engineering Manager, Autonomy Research Division From research to flight testing, Jessica's job as an engineering manager changes daily at Aurora but that's exactly what she likes about it! Working at a company that is also leading the change in autonomous flight gives her even greater satisfaction knowing her success is the industry's success. www.aurora.aero "That trade was a real surprise!" or "What's up with that ref?" He fit right in. My third trait is the least glamorous of them all: Be dependable. That sounds as exciting as a pair of (what my mother used to call) "sensible shoes." When you're dependable, you show up on time, you meet your deadlines, you have some- thing to add in meetings, and you're a team play- er. In short, you are a person your employer can rely on to get the job done. My sister used to teach college courses. One day, during a snowstorm, we were talking on the phone and she told me she had driven to the uni- versity to turn in her grades, which were due that day. (This was before email and the Internet.) I expressed surprise she would drive through the snow to turn in the grades; she responded it was her obligation to turn her grades in on time. Not everyone would do that, and you might even ar- gue that it's dumb to drive through the snow for this, but it's how we develop a reputation—a good one—of being someone that can be count- ed on to do the job. For years I kept a ha ndwritten note on a spreadsheet from the CFO of a company where I worked. He wrote, "Pat, I can always count on you." What better compliment could there be? Of course there are no secrets to success, and no guarantees either, but developing these three traits will advance your career in a way that will amaze you. A postscript to this column is a plug for a reality TV show called The Interview (CNBC). You can't succeed until you get hired, and this reality show profiles actual job interviews of five candidates for the same position. Listening to the two interviewers from the hiring company during their pre-interview chat confirms what I've long advised. When you go on an inter- view, the company really wants you to be the one and will give you every opportunity to do well. Job hunters will find lots to learn from this show. You'll root for your favorite and you'll cringe at some of their answers, but it's worth a watch. ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patricia Luebke, WAI 1954, is a New York City- based freelance writer, editor, and marketing consultant. Small talk is a skill, and one that can be developed.

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