Elisabeth Ackerler is a Young Graduate Trainee in business administration, working in ESOC's Project and Management Support Office. She's motivated and self-confident, and says space is fascinating: "If you are interested in working in space, try to broaden your knowledge."
Elisabeth joined ESOC under ESA's Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) programme on 2 July 2007. She works as a trainee in business administration on ESOC's strategy, methods and processes team. Originally from Austria, she holds a Master's degree in Space Management from the International Space University (ISU), Strasbourg, and Master's degrees in International Business Administration and International Management from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS).
What interests you about working in a space-related career?
Space is a fascinating area, as it comprises many different aspects: science - such as astronomy, geo-sciences and life sciences - technology and engineering, policy and international relations, economics and business administration and law.
I am highly motivated to pursue a space-related career because of my strong interest in this multi-disciplinary field, triggered by my fascination for astronomy.
What have you learned since you arrived at ESOC?
Since I started my traineeship, I've learned a lot about the economic environment of ESOC and the financial management of ESA. In addition, I am trying to get a deeper understanding of spacecraft operations during my time at ESOC.
What advice do you have for anyone interested in a space-related career?
If you are interested in working in space, try to broaden your knowledge and develop a personal 'USP' - 'unique selling proposition'. I would also advise graduates in business administration to be self-confident about their qualifications and skills in an engineering environment.
Which person at ESOC has made the strongest impression on you?
Rüdiger Jehn - in the Mission Analysis Office. Rüdiger is now designing and calculating the orbits for BepiColumbo, ESA's Mercury mission; it's particularly challenging due to the mission's advanced ion-engine and the gravity capture by Mercury.
Rüdiger's other task at ESOC is the observation and mitigation of space debris. Rüdiger is a very good runner and triathlete, and trains on the ESOC team. He has three children and is a very friendly and open-minded person.
Last update: 10 November 2010