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Gabby – Engineering Graduate


Tell us about your role/journey at VAA/VHL and what you were doing before VAA. What does an average day look like for you?

I joined VAA a year after graduating from the University of Hertfordshire, having completed a three year course in Aerospace Engineering. As soon as I saw the opportunity to join Virgin Atlantic I knew I had to jump at it – being able to develop into an engineer in such an innovative, iconic and people orientated airline is something that I feel extremely fortunate to be doing and am proud to say I do.

I am currently just over a year into the two year Graduate Scheme and in that time I have worked within six of VAA’s Engineering Departments. Each department so far has enabled me not only to build on technical knowledge, but to further understand and appreciate the tremendous efforts and multi-department collaboration that go into ensuring our customers can fly around the world on our ever expanding, fantastic fleet of aircraft. The day-to-day projects and tasks that I’ve been involved in so far have varied extensively: from working with our Technical Operations team in the Operations Control Centre to ensure the flying programme continues to run as smoothly as possible, through to physically changing a landing light on an aircraft wing – no two days are ever the same.

How did you first become interested in Engineering? What do you  enjoy most about your role and what are some of the more challenging aspects of working here?

I loved mathematics and physics throughout school and have been absolutely fascinated by aircraft for as long as I can remember. My father is a carpenter and, as such, I’ve grown up with the enthusiastic outlook that there is always a way to fix something! Studying Aerospace Engineering enabled me to combine my interests in maths and physics, as well as complex problem solving and most importantly, aircraft.

I jumped at the chance to join Virgin Atlantic and become part of the Red Family; Virgin Atlantic’s Engineering Graduate Scheme has provided me with the perfect stepping stone from full time education into the dynamic world of aircraft engineering.

What is your best memory of your time at Virgin Atlantic?

An individual best memory so far has to be the first time I got my hands dirty down at our LGW Hangar, changing a landing light on an A330.

Not necessarily a memory but certainly something that has really stood out to me over the last 13 months: the willingness of Virgin Atlantic’s Engineers (both office based and hangar based) to enthusiastically impart their knowledge and skills, taking the time to help me find my feet during this very early stage of my career within the industry has truly been invaluable and is something that I sincerely hope I can replicate to someone in my position in years to come.

What would your advice be to anyone considering applying for a role at Virgin Atlantic?

Without hesitation, I would say 100% go for it and expect the unexpected!

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