This summer the ATI invited its first ever intern to work with the Strategy Team, offering the chance for an undergraduate to gain some work experience in the sector. Lukas Alemu is in his 3rd year at the University of Bristol studying Mechanical Engineering, and sums up his time with the Institute.
Coming into any professional workplace for the first time is always slightly daunting, but I couldn’t have been made to feel more welcome than I have been here at the ATI.
My work at the ATI has centred around a revamp of the aerospace market model. This will be used to support the refresh of the Market Outlook which will be published at the end of the year. It has been built to be more robust, dynamic and flexible for the Strategy Team to work with in the future. Laying the groundwork for the model and building it up in an alternative platform has been an exciting challenge, especially coming from a position of relative inexperience! And whilst the project has been difficult, help from my colleagues has always been at hand. I’ve had to push myself out of my comfort zone and learn new skills to help me achieve the tasks I’ve been given responsibility for.
As much as there has been a lot of work there has also been a lot of fun, with the ATI summer social standing out as a great time. I certainly didn’t expect to be playing rounders with the whole team during my internship!
Having joined as the first ever ATI intern I would like to think I have left a good impression, become slightly wiser from my time here and made some good friends. The ATI’s unique position in the sector has left me with a lot of interesting insights, particularly into the true size and nature of the aerospace supply chain, and a career in aerospace seems to be a promising proposition! I’ll be taking the knowledge and experience I’ve gained back to university with me and looking ahead to graduation, it’s been a great addition to my CV.