This post is not about my travels. It’s about the career of a traveler with a job. An engineer working in a startup in Paris, doing big data applied to Aviation.
In some of my previous posts I talk about the fact I could not give up on my job in order to become a full-time traveler. Now it’s time I present to you what exactly is my career about, where do I work and what are my contributions on the project.
The 9-to-5 career of a traveler with a job
There had been some things going around in my life. Graduating engineering, moving out to a new country, starting a new life. I have been a little confused in the beginning and for about 6 months I had to deal with a job I didn’t actually wanted, but needed in order to survive.
When I realized I was attracted by the field of aeronautics it was already too late. By the time I realized I would have preferred doing aeronautics engineering, I already graduated in automatics and computer science. And did some masters in signal processing and again automatics.
My first job
So once I finished with moving from a country to another, and after all my bac+6 studies, I ended up with a programmer job that made me hate my life and my background studies. But I realized I actually wanted to do aeronautics. I had an idea I could model the dynamics, find some equilibrium forces and apply automatics on some processes on aircrafts related problems, so I crafted my CV and my motivation letter to express these competences.
The struggle of finding the job I would actually enjoy
Soon I started applying for jobs in aeronautics field, like engine engineer, engine test and validation engineer and so on, for the big companies like Airbus and Safran.
I had some interviews with recruiters that knew little to nothing about aeronautics. I wanted some insights, but it didn’t work. With each interview I felt I was being pushed away little by little, because HR people weren’t what I had in mind. For instance, even if your profile was something they were searching for the job, if your salary expectation were too high, they wouldn’t recommend you for the technical interviews. The most important thing for me was to work in this field.
Landing THE job interview
And one day I receive a call for an interview with a startup in aeronautics.
The interview went smoothly and I could start right after the French summer holiday week which is in August. It was perfect for me. Any sooner I wasn’t available, because we had booked a mini trip to Italy for that period.
My dream job
At that time I had no idea what I was putting myself into, but went with the flow. Met the team of 10 (or 12 at that time), began to learn more about my job and the project I was assigned to… alone.
Now, almost 3 years later, my baby project is a grown-up, with its clients, partners, innovation laboratory, patents and more people working on developing it. I would have never thought that I could get where I am now when I first started.
Frankly, I had no idea.
My contributions at the job
The advantage of working in a startup is that all the best ideas I proposed became a part of the project. But what is my project about? you would ask.
It’s about reducing fuel and CO2 emissions for aircrafts during the climb phase, by proposing an optimized profile that takes into account weather conditions, aircraft configuration, the scheduled route and the historic behaviour of the aircraft.
This means that I get to analyse a huge amount of data coming from black boxes, and propose an aerodynamic model for the aircraft. Long story short, I’m doing big data applied to aeronautics.
We have created partnerships with French institutions in order to propose even more solutions for reducing the fuel burnt, such as optimizing other sectors of the flight, like the cruise phase, proposing best practices based on regulations and historic behaviour, and so on.
Every day I get to imagine new ways of reducing the fuel burnt by airplanes. Each day I might come across something new to learn, constantly keeping busy in regard to this subject.
Pretty badass, right?
So that’s my excuse for not travelling full-time. Working in this field I feel more accomplished knowing that what I do from 9 to 5 has an impact on our plane tickets’ price, but more importantly, on our nature.