Karen Maidment, Air Traffic Manager at Teesside International Airport tells us about her career path into aviation.
I started work as a receptionist at the St. George Hotel. My dream at the time was to work as cabin crew, however there was a minimum age limit of 21 years; I was 17 at the time so I had a few years to wait.
After a short time at the hotel I went to work in the Operations department of a new airline called Polar Airways. I was getting closer to fulfilling my dream. I was given the opportunity to fly as an extra crew member as a trial. I decided after a few flights I preferred my job in operations. I then went to work in the operations room for Casair a small charter company. I had by this time gained valuable, transferable airport experience giving me an excellent insight into how all the airport departments work together.
In 1985 I started work as a Briefing Assistant, which eventually led to me becoming an Air Traffic Control Assistant, a job I thoroughly enjoyed for many years. In 2015 I started to help the Air Traffic Manager and eventually in 2017 I took on the role.
I work with a fantastic team we are all looking forward to the future and all that it holds.