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The Young Graduate Trainee scheme at the European Space Agency

12 Mar 2021, 14:57 UTC
The Young Graduate Trainee scheme at the European Space Agency
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tl;dr: if you’re eligible, apply, it’s amazing
As a kid growing up in the 90’s I was very aware of NASA.The iconic imagery of the space shuttle, the history of the Apollo missions, regular Hollywood appearances, and the Sojourner rover ‘3D’ images in National Geographic.National Geographic, August 1998.But as that little boy growing up in the UK with a British passport, I was told I couldn’t work there.It wasn’t until I was probably about 12 or 13 before I’d heard about the European Space Agency (ESA), and I immediately knew I wanted a future job there.Fast forward to 2013, and with an undergraduate degree in Astrophysics nearly under my belt, I started my first attempt on an application to the Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) scheme at ESA.
My experienceTo cut a long story short, I ended up applying 3 years in a row. The first time I was finishing my bachelor’s degree, the second time I was travelling somewhere in the world not sure what I was doing with my life, and the third time I was back at university getting the much-needed masters degree.The application is fairly standard, and obviously, an important time to showcase your motivation to work ...

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