Académie des technologies

Caroline Lauriac

  • Executive Assistant
  • Airbus
  • 30 years old
  • Sponsored by par Catherine Lambert

Why a career in tech?

To satisfy my curiosity! Quite simply because I like to understand how systems work, how products are designed and manufactured.

Your professional experience?

I did a scientific baccalaureate with an engineering sciences option(BacS-SI). I enjoyed the concrete side of the practical work. So I continued on a Physics & Technology Preparatory Class (PTSI-PT), for the concrete aspect that has always attracted me. Finally, I graduated from Arts & Métiers ParisTech in 2014, a generalist engineering school that combines theory and practice.

Your first experience with technology?

I started as a quality engineer on the Airbus A320 neo engine pylons, during their industrialization phase. This first experience allowed me to understand the basics of an aeronautical production line. Afterwards, I moved to support the assembly of the aircraft structure at ATR, before changing to the coordination out-of-sequence works.

What do you do today, and why?

After 6 years in aeronautical production support and following a first management experience, I am today Executive Assistant to a final assembly line executive manager. It's a 3-year development job where I can become aware of Airbus’major challenges, understand the mechanisms of high-level decision making, with a transverse vision of the activities.

Your strengths in this role?

I am organized, efficient, reliable with excellent synthesis skills. This is essential to anticipate, deal with confidential matters, and facilitate decision making.

Past challenges, failures and disappointments?

I was very well received in all the departments I worked in : Finding your place as a young woman engineer in production is not easy. It's a male-dominated environment and you have to prove twice as much as a man. On the other hand, it's challenging and motivating to be able to contribute to changing mentalities.

Best moments, successes you’re proud of?

I am proud to have managed a team of 20 technicians, from 3 different professions at 27 years old. It was a real challenge for me, especially during the COVID crisis with remote management.

People who helped, influenced -or made your life difficult?

Without hesitation, my twin sister ! Since we were little, there has been a positive emulation between us, we are challenging each other. She is also an engineer in the railway systems sector and she has always been a good advisor, even in professional situations.

Your hopes and future challenges?

In the future, I would like to give an international dimension to my career, still in aeronautics. I had the chance to do two six-month internships in engineering, in the USA and in Germany during my studies and I know that I could easily develop further there.

What do you do when you don’t work?

I love to travel and discover new cultures. It is extremely enriching. Also, I recharge my batteries by putting together puzzles! It is an activity that requires concentration and allows me to refocus. Finally, to let off steam and stay in shape, I also do Zumba

Your heroes -from History or fiction?

The first woman in the world to obtain her pilot's license in 1910, Elise Deroche, known as Baroness de Laroche. She had the courage to make herself known and recognized in a male world.

A saying or proverb you like in particular?

“I never lose. I either win or I learn.” Nelson Mandel

A book to take with you on a desert island

If I were stranded on a desert island, I think I would take the dictionary with me. It can be read and read again without knowing the end. It would also be an endlesssource of learning and would satisfy my need to learn something new every day

A message to young female professionals?

Some pioneer women had the courage to lead the way in Tech. It's up to all of us to continue this path. Dare! The Tech world is waiting for you!

THE CHATELET
QUESTIONNAIRE

The questionnaire answered by the Women of Tech is a variant of the Proust questionnaire, named not because Marcel Proust got lost in the Paris metro, but in memory of Emilie du Chatelet, a woman of letters, mathematician and physicist, renowned for her translation of Newton's Principia Mathematica and the dissemination of Leibniz's physics work. She was a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Bologna Institute. Emilie du Chatelet led a free and fulfilled life during the era of the Enlightenment and published a speech on happiness.

Emilie Du Chatelet

Woman of letters, mathematician and physicist

1706 - 1749