Hi does anyone know what you have to do to work for NASA?? I was wondering what a levels I should take and then perhaps even what I would have to study at uni.
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A quick search on NASA's website says:
"Successful completion of a standard professional curriculum in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree with major study in an appropriate field of engineering (not engineering technology), physical science, life science or mathematics is required."
In other words in terms of degree you're looking at something in the STEM area. As far as what exactly you want, well that really depends on what sort of job you want. It isn't simply enough to say "I want to work at NASA". Why NASA? What do you want to work on? Do you want to program flight systems for spacecraft, work on the mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, etc?
Narrow down your goal. For the purpose of this you can forget NASA. Fill in the blank:
I want to be/work on __________________
That should tell you what sort of degree you'll want. Work backwards from there to get a set of A Levels. Generically you'd want to do something along the lines of Maths, Physics and Computing/Computer Science. That would likely cover the entry requirements for most relevant degrees. But this is something you need to look into and pick appropriate A Levels for the degree you want.
And finally a bit of realism here. Don't be disappointed if NASA doesn't happen. Broaden your goals. To work at major companies or institutions (NASA, Google, Microsoft, etc) you need to be pretty exceptional. I'm not trying to say you won't fit the bill, you may be an ideal candidate. But the majority of people aiming for something high like this won't make it. Make NASA a goal but look at things a little broader when applying. For example "I want to be a Computer Scientist with the goal of working at NASA in X years". That way when it probably doesn't happen straight out of Uni you've already looked at other options. Because odds are if you do work at NASA one day you'll have gained experience at other places first.
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