/ Asked by Yapeng
Hi! I recently graduated with a M.S. in Aerospace Eng and I have my B.S in Mechanical Eng. I wish to land my career in the civil aircraft industry. My goal is to be a structure DER. I know it's hard to start in this field directly and I should try to start in other relevant industries. So I want to know: what entry-level jobs (or job titles, job duties) can I start with to build my path? THX!
Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Friday, August 5, 2016
Congratulations on your recent graduation.  Don't underestimate your ability to land an entry level job in your desired industry or job duties!  I would encourage you to continue to look for engineering roles at your target companies as you will likely have the opportunity to get the right experiences to land your desired Designated Engineering Representative position.  In addition I would recommend you focus on aerospace engineering roles even if they are not at your target companies - you never know you may love that work as well and you will most likely be developing the skills and gaining the experiences that will ultimately help you land the DER role.  If you are still struggling to find the right opportunities you may consider another internship.  While it may feel like a step backward it is a great way to get your foot in the door at a company you would like to work for full-time and demonstrate the great work you do - and most employers with intern programs want to convert those interns into full-time employees.  Best of luck in your search!      
Answered by Amanda, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Like Sara from Textron stated, don't limit yourself into getting into your industry right away.  Sara gave some great advise on how to continue to go directly into aerospace.   But you could look at similar industrial industries that could build your background such as HVAC.   There is a lot of cross over between the fields and I've seen candidates make successful transitions in and out of the two industries.  Best of luck in your search!
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