Daniela Saccà, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director, Collins Aerospace
7 May 2023
To help current students and recent graduates navigate the world of work, several USI Alumni shared their career paths and career story. Here the story of Daniela Saccà, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director in Collins Aerospace a Milano (I). USI Degree: Master in Corporate Communication, 2006.
How did you start your career?
My first professional experience was an internship at the United Nations Department of Public Information in New York. During this time, I worked on marketing, merchandising, and event organization projects. It was an incredibly positive experience that allowed me to develop valuable skills while working in a multicultural team.
Why did you choose a career in Collins Aerospace?
Collins Aerospace is a forward-thinking company that prioritizes new technologies, sustainability, and, above all, an inclusive working environment. I also chose to work here because I have a passion for the aerospace industry. After spending many years in the fashion industry, I wanted to embrace the challenges of a different sector.
What is your current role/duties?
My role is a newly created position aimed at fostering a fair and inclusive workplace at Collins Aerospace. I am dedicated to promoting inclusive leadership behaviors, supporting our Employee Resource Groups that amplify diverse communities and cultures, and ensuring that the company implements processes and policies that guarantee equal access and treatment for all employees.
In your opinion, what are the qualities necessary for a successful career in Collins Aerospace?
At Collins, collaboration, innovation, and a forward-thinking approach to problem-solving are highly valued qualities.
What positive aspects and qualities meant most to you during the study programme you attended?
USI stands out for its practical teaching methodology, which relies on case studies and group work. This approach encourages teamwork and provides the opportunity to apply what we learn in class in a pragmatic manner. Additionally, the professors at USI are highly qualified and foster an interactive learning environment. The university offers an international study experience and benefits from a network of intriguing companies in the region.
What competences and/or skills acquired in your USI Study Program have been useful/are useful to your professional career?
Besides developing strong communication skills, my studies at USI honed my ability to synthesize information and deliver effective presentations in group settings. I also gained valuable experience working collaboratively and acquired a structured study method.
What is your advice to USI students entering the job market?
To increase job opportunities, it is crucial to leverage your network of contacts, utilize professional headhunters, and make effective use of platforms like LinkedIn. In my opinion, job searching requires organization, determination, and the ability to highlight one's unique qualities, expanding horizons as much as possible. The job market is highly competitive, so while technical skills are essential, it is motivation, enthusiasm, and individuality that can truly set you apart. Once employed, it is vital to stay updated within your sector/function through continuous training and consider joining relevant professional associations that offer opportunities for networking and workshops.