Graduate Space Careers Stream: Building a road to a future in space

As noted by the Space Skills Alliance, the sector must make itself attractive to a wider range of people. The Graduate Space Careers Stream taking place on day 2 of the Global MilSatCom Conference, will increase awareness of non-traditional career paths, and offer more opportunities for interested individuals to improve their skills.

Despite a cultural renaissance, concerted government support, and a booming private sector, the UK space sector continues to battle a global skills shortage.With the only truly global conference for Military Satellite Communication technology, SAE recognise that our annual platform can provide a unique opportunity to contribute to solutions for the wider space community.

With 150 UK-based undergraduate and postgraduate students, the challenges will be addressed head on.

Apply To Register
The Global MilSatCom Graduate Space Careers Stream is free to attend for students at UK universities only. 

  • Conditions for entry:
    • You must be a student at a UK university
    • Student ID and legal ID must be presented upon attendance

Students can apply to register by clicking 'register'
If your application has been successful you will receive confirmation by SAE Media Group via email confirming your attendance within 2 weeks.

Workshop agenda






Chair's Opening Remarks

Dr Joanna Hart, Director, Space Partnership



Why Space – Exploring the Landscape and How You Can Get Involved

Professor Anu Ojha OBE, Director - Championing Space, UK Space Agency

  • Understanding the Landscape – Opportunities and Core Focus of the Space Sector
  • Experiences from the National Space Centre – gaining an interesting and fulfilling career
  • Highlighting the key needs and future growth opportunities that you can fulfil in your career
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    Horizons without Limits: Equal Opportunities and Unlimited Global Possibilities

    Dr Mamatha Maheshwarappa, Co-lead, Women in Aerospace Europe - UK

  • Dispelling the myths about a career in space
  • Success stories of leading female leaders in aerospace
  • Mapping the global space industry – where can you fit in?
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    Why is Defence Integral to Space?

  • The need for international and national defence
  • Introducing the intertwined history of space with the defence sector
  • The key space priorities for national and international security
  • Defence’s role in leading technological innovation
  • Air Commodore Adam Bone, Head of Operations, Plans, Enablement and Training, UK Space Command



    Panel Discussion: What Your Degree Doesn't Prepare You For

  • Filling the gap through work experience
  • Soft skills
  • Non-academic space information
  • Personal challenges presented by the workplace
  • Possibilities for career conversions
  • Dr Joanna Hart, Director, Space Partnership

    Dr Chiara Palla, Co-lead, Women in Aerospace Europe - UK

    Miss Holly Whitehouse, Chair, UKSEDS

    Sonali Mohapatra, Director, Prospero Space Fellowship

    Freya de Santis, C1 Space Capability International Partnering, Cap C4ISTAR – Space Capability , UK Strategic Command



    Visit to Main Conference



    Making a Success of the Graduate Job Search

    Mr Jacob Smith, Director, SpaceCareers.uk

  • Finding and identifying the jobs for you
  • Succeeding in the application process
  • Discussing current graduate and internship opportunities
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    Extended Q&A: Careers Beyond the Cockpit

  • Assessing how many people are required for a successful launch
  • Identifying the key jobs and skill gaps that the industry is seeking to fill
  • Discussing the diversity of roles within the space industry
  • Highlighting employment opportunities around the world
  • Mr Joseph Dudley, Director and Co-Founder, Space Skills Alliance

    Kathie Bowden, Skills Manager, Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd

    Group Captain John Hetherington, Deputy Head Space Enablement, UK Space Command

    Tales Gaspar, Programme Manager, UK SPF and Satellite, Tech UK



    Extended Q&A: The Unusual Suspects: Careers Downstream & in the Wider Space Eco-System

  • What is ‘downstream’ and why is it important?
  • Illustrating the makeup of the space eco-system – why are SMEs important?
  • Addressing the unique benefits of working for SMEs
  • Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli, Chairperson UK Chapter, Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)

    Miss Joanne Oliver

    Miss Joanne Oliver, Director, SpaceCareers.uk

    Dr Robert Massey, Deputy Executive Director, Royal Astronomical Society

    David Chinn, President-Elect, Royal Aeronautical Society



    What Your Career Can Look Like: The Benefits of Multidisciplinarity'

    Dr Natasha Nicholson, Former Cluster Manager, Space Scotland and Director, Star Helix Consulting

  • Demonstrating how different personal roads can all lead to space
  • National and International Role Models Who Have Paved the Way in Space
  • Navigating the career landscape and understanding realistic pathways
  • Unlocking Your Potential: Utilising Challenges to Further Your Career
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    Panel Discussion: Dual-Use Capabilities and Doubled Possibilities

  • Advantages of joining the dual-use workforce
  • Unique experiences only available in the defence sector
  • How to take the skills and experiences learnt in defence for future roles in civil space
  • Routes into Defence
  • Dr Joanna Hart, Director, Space Partnership

    Mr Cy Keogh, Senior Advisor - Business Transformation, Manufacturing Technology Centre

    Squadron Leader Becky Kirk, Space Systems SME, Royal Air Force

    Dr Junayd Miah, Science Adviser, UK Space Command

    Soheil Mehrabanzad, Assistant Vice President - Business Development, Hughes



    Panel Discussion: Leading Technological Innovation and Global Problem-Solving

  • Examining case studies of today’s technology led by space
  • Identifying key areas of technological development where space takes the lead
  • Discussing how civil and military space interact to drive technological innovation
  • Addressing sustainability challenges posed by and for the industry – and how technical innovation can address them
  • Dr Joanna Hart, Director, Space Partnership

    David Dean, Chief Engineer, DSTL

    Vanessa Viney, UK and US Innovation Manager, Airbus Defence and Space

    Kit Lee, Senior Advisor, Transformation Team, Manufacturing Technology Centre



    Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Stream

    Dr Joanna Hart, Director, Space Partnership

    Head of Operations, Plans, Enablement and Training
    UK Space Command
    Chairperson UK Chapter
    Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)
    Royal Aeronautical Society
    Chief Engineer
    Women in Aerospace Europe - UK
    Space Partnership
    Science Adviser
    UK Space Command
    Women in Aerospace Europe - UK
    Former Cluster Manager, Space Scotland and Director
    Star Helix Consulting
    Deputy Executive Director
    Royal Astronomical Society
    C1 Space Capability International Partnering, Cap C4ISTAR – Space Capability
    UK Strategic Command
    Deputy Head Space Enablement
    UK Space Command
    Skills Manager
    Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd
    Senior Advisor, Transformation Team
    Manufacturing Technology Centre
    Senior Advisor - Business Transformation
    Manufacturing Technology Centre
    Director and Co-Founder
    Space Skills Alliance
    Director - Championing Space
    UK Space Agency
    Assistant Vice President - Business Development
    Prospero Space Fellowship
    Space Systems SME
    Royal Air Force
    Programme Manager, UK SPF and Satellite
    Tech UK
    UK and US Innovation Manager
    Airbus Defence and Space


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    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

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    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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