Kelly, Cape Town asked Megan Harrington, Blue Origin

AddedFriday, April 25, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Is my career plan completely ludicrous?
Hi there! I'm fascinated with your bio and career. You sound incredible and the work you do is amazing. I'm 26 and looking to go back to university to do a degree in mechanical engineering. I'm spending the next couple of years redoing high school maths and science in preparation. I'm a South African and I want to work with rockets and propulsion systems. I know aerospace and defence industries outside of SA are largely off the cards because I'm not a citizen of the USA, for example. However, do you know if there are companies specialising in propulsion systems or the like in countries other than SA that don't have the citizenship requirement? Is my career plan completely ludicrous? I'm worried I'll never be able to work with rockets and, if that's the case, I may need to change my focus. What can I do in the field of propulsion systems that doesn't require high levels of security clearance?
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