IMOGEN MANN that’s me!
Many years ago, I wrote a thesis on the wet leasing of commercial aircraft. An editor found it and read it. A brief interview followed with him and a publisher – in The Cockpit pub, of all places. And the next thing I knew, I was walking down Fleet Street every day and writing on a major title aviation magazine.
That thesis was later key to me being headhunted to a specialist wet leasing airline.
I was quite pleased with the outcomes from having written the thing, and while it’s clear that my early career flowed directly from the initial pitch to my supervising lecturer, there’s more to it than that.
The true legacy of that thesis is in the enduring profundity of the lesson it taught: be curious, explore unearthed nuggets, write what interests you to the best of your ability and let the results take care of themselves.