International supercharged early careers in Space with Serco Out of this world
Six years ago, three students – Sara Rodriguez Ferreiro, Marco Casanova Álvarez and Ana Cambon – finished school and left home to seek their fortunes in Aerospace Engineering, starting at the University of Vigo in Spain. And today?
Working for Serco in Germany, they are pursuing exciting careers beyond their student dreams as they support our customers’ prestigious space missions.
Sara Rodriguez Ferreiro
Sara is a spacecraft controller for the EUMETSAT1 GEO mission, monitoring geo-stationary satellites that take pictures of the earth every 15 minutes to record the weather in real-time.
Marco Casanova Álvarez
Marco is a spacecraft analyst for the ESA2 Gaia mission, which is pushing the boundaries of knowledge about the Milky Way by creating an unprecedented 3D map of the galaxy.
Ana is a spacecraft controller for Sentinel satellites in the ESA Copernicus project, an Earth observation programme studying our planet and its environment for the benefit of mankind.
We never imagined this. For me, employment opportunities after university were dull and frustrating. There was no challenge, no development; nobody cared about what I wanted and what I could do.
Fortunately for Sara, a recruiter for Serco spotted her profile online and got in touch.
“I took one look at Serco and knew I didn’t want to work anywhere else,” says Sara. “I had another offer, but this was amazing – a big international company that invests in its people and offers so much opportunity.”
Marco and Ana, who had remained in higher education to complete master’s degrees in Space Engineering, were also frustrated. With no work experience, meaningful employment eluded them at every turn. They took heart from Sara’s experience with Serco, deciding to try their luck with the company as well.
“I’d had terrible interviews with other companies and was expecting yet another rejection,” says Marco, “but it was totally different with Serco. They were far more interested in me and what I could do than what I had done.”
Sara’s interview experience had also been impressive, and the follow up even better: “They did everything to help me move from Spain to Germany,” she explains. “They made it so easy. Once I arrived, it was amazing. I’ve been surrounded by super nice people who are always kind and supportive. I love it.”
They have all been impressed by Serco’s focus on development:
“For me, this is the best part,” says Marco. “I didn’t expect extra projects and enrichment, but my manager and I regularly discuss development opportunities in ‘MyCatch up’ conversations and I’m doing a lot – really growing as a professional and enjoying it so much. This really is the perfect job.”
"We seek out talented individuals with the passion and drive to build exceptional skills and experience. We are delighted to have such promising young colleagues in our Space teams and are proud they have chosen to take their next steps with Serco. Through our vast Space portfolio, we truly can offer them a world of opportunity in which to fulfil their potential."
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