In this series, grads share their journey to landing that first job out of college. After years of studying and working toward a degree, these Panthers’ hard work paid off. Now they’re paying it forward by letting you know how they did it.

Name: Marcos A. Rodriguez

Hometown: Sunrise, Florida

Degree/major? Bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering

Where are you working? Lockheed Martin Rotary Missions and Systems

Title? Engineering leadership and development program manager

How did you get your job? It all started at an FIU career fair during my last semester. Keep in mind that I graduated while the country was still in a recession, so the place was packed. I remember walking around and coming across the Lockheed Martin booth, which had an insane line. In all honesty, I was not familiar at all with the company. As an industrial engineering major, I always pictured myself working operations in some mainstream auto manufacturer, logistics company or anything else besides the defense industry.

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