In recent years, ESA has taken actions to promote gender-balanced representation, particularly in engineering and scientific fields and at management level. Proactive measures and measurable goals have been taken to increase recruitment and representation of women and important progress has been achieved as a result of these efforts.
And to bolster internal measures supporting gender equality, we’ve undertaken an EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) assessment and certification process. Following thorough analysis and evaluation of ESA’s achievements and measures for gender balance, ESA was certified by an independent auditor in 2021 and has committed to defining and implementing a detailed action plan to further reinforce its engagement in creating a diverse and gender-equal workplace.
Furthermore, ESA’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness has received heightened international recognition in recent months, demonstrating the growing visibility of these values. In particular, the International Astronautical Federation has selected ESA as the 2020 winner of its prestigious Excellence in “3G” Diversity Award, for exceptional engagement towards diversity.
Florence, your team seeks to attract and develop a diverse pool of talent. How do you encourage women to apply for jobs at ESA?
Our job is to make sure that all potential candidates from ESA’s Member States are aware of ESA and its career opportunities. To encourage applications from suitable candidates, particularly from women, we run recruitment campaigns to raise awareness among women in STEM and take part in workshops and relevant careers events. In the coming months, for example, our team will attend Women&Work on 29 May and Women in Tech on 3 June.
Florence, 44% of ESA staff will retire in the next decade. What kinds of opportunities will be coming as a result?
This gives us a unique opportunity to attract talent while strengthening diversity within our workforce. Competence comes first and we want to reach out to all skilled professionals who are nationals of ESA’s Member States while particularly encouraging women and young professionals to apply to ESA.
People who come to ESA are highly motivated by the work they do and by our multicultural environment. They are enthusiastic and passionate, united by the common goal of the peaceful exploration of space and the benefits this can bring to everyone.
Of course, we always need engineers and scientists. For instance, we have a particular need for engineers in navigation and GNSS in the near future. But we also need people with a background in IT and cybersecurity and we mustn’t forget business services, such as HR, legal, finance, project control and facility management. Professionals from a wide range of areas all play a part in ESA’s success!
Ersilia, Florence, what would be your advice to someone who would like to apply?
Ersilia: Don’t hesitate to pursue a career in STEM and apply for ESA jobs – both offer the excitement and emotion of discovery, while contributing to addressing tomorrow’s global challenges including climate change mitigation, food security, and poverty reduction.
Florence: ESA is a fantastic, friendly and enriching environment; wherever you are based and whatever your field of expertise, you will work with colleagues from all over Europe and will often also have the opportunity to discover a new host country. So don’t hesitate, if you see a job vacancy which you feel matches your profile, go for it and send us your application!
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