Why the Racing Industry Needs Great Engineers
01 Sep 21
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Categories: Motorsport and Automotive Performance Engineering, Undergradute
There’s no denying that the world of motorsport is highly competitive, but here are some invaluable tips to help you get your foot in the door.
Do you dream of working in the fast-paced and exciting industry of motorsport? It’s never been easy to snap up motorsport jobs, but the right training and lots of dedication could give you an advantage when it comes to the recruitment market.
Thanks to constant breakthroughs in technology (such as autonomous, electric or hybrid technology), the divisions in this industry are now growing, presenting even more opportunities for engineers to get involved.
Having the right skills will put you on the radar of specialist recruiters and employers, so read on for some of the best tips to get into F1 and more!
Your education should be your priority when pursuing motorsport jobs. There are plenty of people who want to apply for the same job as you, so having the right qualifications (at the very least) is a must.
The BEng Automotive Performance Engineering (Motorsport) degree at the University of Bolton is a four-year programme that places you at the cutting edge of automotive engineering. This multi-disciplinary course touches on engineering principles and theories as well as design know-how, plus you’ll get real-life racing experience with our partner teams.
Knowing what you’re good at, and what you’re not, is key when it comes to training and experience. It’s important to work on your range of skills and constantly look for ways to improve.
It’s a competitive field, so knowing the difficulties of entering an industry where only top talent is hired (and taking appropriate action to overcome these barriers) should be front of mind. This means recognising areas where you could improve and working extra hard to hone your skills.
This industry is exploding with new technologies all the time. For ambitious individuals who want to grow their prospects, having a natural interest in tech really helps. Curiosity is vital, because it fuels your passion and helps you stay ahead of the curve.
4. Be a good team player
In addition to having the right practical skills and theoretical knowledge, you also need to be a good collaborator. Working as a part of a team is essential for all motorsports jobs, so you can’t just focus on being autonomous.
Your soft skills matter. The way you communicate with others can be the difference between a good and bad result. So use your time at university to build a good rapport with other students, network and make the most of peer feedback.
When it comes to pursuing motorsport jobs, it helps to be flexible about your career path. Our dedicated tutors will work with you to align modules to your personal and professional development needs. Plus our dedicated Employability Team is also hand to support your career ambitions.
6. Be truly passionate about motorsport
This isn’t an industry for the faint-hearted. Competition is fierce, but the rewards are worth the hard work. In order to make it, you have to eat, sleep and breathe motorsport. If you think you’re suited to a career in this exciting sector, then find out more about applying for our course in September 2021.
See the BEng Automotive Performance Engineering (Motorsport) course page for details. Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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