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Discuss your career progression, seek advice on your next steps and how to make the most of opportunities. Just started a job? Share your pride with the network!

People & Careers Channel

Discuss your career progression, seek advice on your next steps and how to make the most of opportunities. Just started a job? Share your pride with the network!


Posted by: Jon_Vogel - Posted: March 11, 2021

Hello everyone! I just discovered this page via ASI Connect, and wanted to take the time to introduce myself. This looks like a really incredible resource and I am excited for the opportunity to connect with others.

My name is Jonathan Vogel, and I have come from the USA to pursue an MSc in the UK as part of my ambition to find work in the Motorsports Valley. My background is in vehicle dynamics, and I am interested in exploring the intersection of electrification and new opportunities in shaping driver-vehicle interactions.

My long term goal is to find a position as a Vehicle Performance Engineer or Simulation Modelling Engineer in a top series such as F1, Formula E, etc. Currently I am looking for opportunities to get track-side experience, and I am willing to help out with any work that needs to get done in exchange for some exposure to the track-side environment!

Thanks for having me! Looking forward to meet more like-minded engineers and motorsports aficionados. If anyone is interested in learning about my past projects, check out my portfolio at Pictured is my Formula Student team’s 2018 challenger in some good company 🙂


Good Afternoon Jonathan,

Welcome to Student Motorsport, it’s great to have you as one of our valuable members!

Thank you for your interesting introduction, I am sure many of the members will find this both interesting and inspiring, not least the length that you are going to develop a career in the motorsport industry.

Your website/portfolio is a great way to showcase not only your skills and educational background but also the projects and work you are been fundamental in illustrating your experience and work you have been involved in. We often advise students/graduates to keep some sort of ‘portfolio of experience’ to accompany and support their CV, but this is tremendous!

You certainly have your sights (long-term) set on an interesting job role in the industry, how has life at Coventry been since you moved over, I suppose you won’t have been in much at all during your first year due to the pandemic?

Hi JP,

Thank you for having me, I appreciate the kind words. You’re certainly right, I haven’t been in much since my arrival in September. It’s difficult having limited opportunities to make meet others while far from home, and I haven’t had the chance to engage with the local motorsport community the way I’d wish to. But I think there is always a silver lining to everything – these circumstances have forced me out of my comfort zone to LinkedIn and other platforms, and to find new ways to meet people and get involved.

Coventry is charming though! I sold my car in the US so that I could buy one here and that has given me opportunities to explore the surrounding area at the very least. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with the countryside here, not to mention the meat pies!

Good Afternoon Jonathon,

I hope you’re well, sorry I have been a little slow to come back to you.
Sorry to hear that since your arrival you have seen little contact time with the university, I suppose all is about to change? Have you heard from the university in terms of any potential return to campus prior to summer?

With regards to engaging with the local and wider motorsport community here in the UK, we can certainly help you with that and with networking in the main.

Have you found LinkedIn and ASI Connect much use, I’d be interested to hear about your success on those platforms especially the newly emerged ASI Connect?

Hi JP,

No problem, hope you’re doing well too! I think the university is playing things on the safe side, which I completely understand. It just means going outside of your comfort zone to find opportunities, which is a welcome challenge.

I think I’m starting to get the hang of getting the most out of LinkedIn! ASI connect was a little disappointing, but I think they did the best they could with the tools available. It’s very hard to replicate that “expo” environment where you never know who you might run into and make connections with.

Now that motorsport seasons will be underway soon in the UK, I’m planning my next round of cold calls to local motorsport teams to see where I can get some trackside experience. Do you have any advice you can share? Maybe there are specific series where students have had better luck in the past, or an approach that works better than cold emails?

Good Evening Jonathon,

Good to hear back from you.

All is well here, we’re really busy planning for work experience when we see an improvement in the arrangements around Covid, it’s trick planning for it at this stage, keeping our candidates safe is the top priority. In other news were busy supporting people that are looking to become involved in our Student Motorsport Challenge which I am sure you have read about or seen on the website here.

Nice to see you are using LinkedIn, I too use it, and right from university, much has improved with the platform since then. Look out for lot’s of random connections, and make sure you keep your network as relevant to your industry to keep you on track and exposed to the best opportunities.

Sorry to hear you found ASI a little disappointing, did you give them feedback? I am sure they would find it useful? We’re certainly looking forward to a return to ‘regular expo’s’ in 2022 (fingers crossed).

So how do you approach cold calls if I may ask?

In the meantime we have some useful tips in Part 6 of our Guide to Volunteering’ which may help you:

I hope this helps!

I did see the SMo challenge, it looks really cool! Do you know which schools are competing so far? Would it be possible to get involved even if my school is not entered?

Thanks for sharing that volunteering article as well! I found it quite insightful. I have been working on my own google docs contacts list which has been really helpful for me to keep track of teams and series. Last year, my approach was based on cold-emails, where I briefly summarized my background and my willingness to help out with any work that needs to get done, and I attached a cover letter with some of my past experiences as well.

After reading your piece, I have some new thoughts. I initially disregarded phone calls and snail mail but perhaps that is something to try as well. My other thought is that once racing series start up again, to simply go to the track and try to introduce myself in person. I know I have to be careful with that one and make sure to approach the appropriate people at an appropriate time, not right before the race starts!

One last thought from that piece as far as roles go; I know that my desire is to ultimately become a vehicle performance or simulation modelling engineer. Those roles do not necessarily translate to the trackside environment, and many racing series exist without extensive simulation work being carried out. Because of this, my approach has been much more broad along the lines of “I’ll help with anything”, which is genuine, but do you think there is benefit to being more specific in my approach?

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