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What Future-Focused Employers Are Looking For

What skills will you need to get hired by the most exciting industries of the future – industries like New Zealand-based Rocket Lab?

Founded by Kiwi Peter Beck, Rocket Lab is breaking down the barriers to commercial space by launching satellites with 3D-printed rockets that are smaller, lighter and cheaper than ever before.

Communications Manager Morgan Bailey reveals the top five attributes that future-focussed businesses like Rocket Lab look for in new team members.

1. Problem-solving

We want people who are able to look at really complex challenges and what seem like impossible tasks and chip away at them to find a solution. We really value the ability to look beyond the status quo and the way things have always been done.

Almost everything we have done at Rocket Lab, from building a rocket to launching it, has been done that way for the first time. We’re looking for people who have created something that has tested their problem-solving abilities in a real-world situation, whether it’s building their own bike or creating an app.

2. Collaboration

No-one ever got to space through their own solitary efforts. Everyone who comes here must be a team player and collaborate with everyone to achieve a united goal.

There are no single heroes – everyone pulls together to solve problems.

3. Communication skills

When you work as a team, you need to be able to explain an idea or a solution clearly.

It’s important to be able to translate your own ideas so they can be understood by different audiences, whether that’s the board, a group of interns or the general public.

4. Passion

Our team is made up of incredibly high-performing people doing things that haven’t been done before. You really need to care about what you’re working on. You must have a real hunger to take the next step.

5. Technical skills and creativity

We’re a big machine and we need a lot of different technical skills, from some pretty heavy mathematics and a good grasp of physics to procurement and administration skills.

Having a good educational qualification and being the best student you can be is important – it tells us you have the necessary skills to do the job at hand. But to be part of our team you need to be able to go to the next level of creativity, drive and passion.

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Morgan Bailey

By Morgan BaileyRocket Lab Communications Manager

Updated 2 years ago

Morgan Bailey gained a Bachelor of Communication Studies from Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

She is now Communications Manager for Rocket Lab, and divides her time between the space pioneer’s offices in New Zealand and the US.

*Views expressed are the blogger's own
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