MBDA’s international opportunities: working down-under
As part of the Graduate Early Careers Programme, Sales and Business Development offered a new placement this year working in the overseas export office in Canberra, Australia. Will, a second year Engineering Graduate, shared his experiences of the placement.
'My previous three roles had all been within an Engineering discipline. I felt that taking on this role would allow me to expand my skillset and learn how MBDA operates from another side of the business. The opportunity to experience first-hand how MBDA operates in another market was too good to overlook.
'Coming into the office in March was a very interesting time in the Australian Defence landscape. The recent Defence White Paper (DWP) had defined the Australian Defence Force’s capital spending for the near future. Part of my role involved looking into the potential opportunities available to MBDA. The DWP had also led to a reorganisation of Defence, so finding out who was responsible for these projects was a challenge; on top of that, Australia was heading towards another election, which threw further uncertainty into the mix.
'Working as part of a small team means that Graduates undertaking this placement get involved in a wide variety of tasks. Alongside working on key stakeholders, Graduates are also involved in: researching competitor products; preparing presentation material for senior members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF); preparing for and working at major trade shows; and also supporting and evolving the Australian Country Strategy.
'Working in such a small office meant I could get involved in lots of the day-to-day tasks that I might not have experienced in the UK. I particularly enjoyed helping develop the strategy for the office over the short and long term.
'This role took me outside my Engineering comfort zone and put me into the wider business environment within MBDA. I’d encourage all graduates to make the most of the wide variety of opportunities on offer outside their home function as you never know where you might end up!'