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Posted by: Elise_Lewis - Posted: March 23, 2021

Hi , my name is Elise , I’m currently a 17 year old sixth form student looking to study motorsport engineering or become an apprentice in 2022. I discovered this site a while back but have decided to join now as I start my journey in applying for courses etc. I’m hoping to find some work experience that will aid me in my applications. If anyone knows of any opportunities, whether that be virtual shadowing or even just the chance to visit an office or team base. I am also interested in any opportunities in the journalism and commentary field, reporting on action as it happens (much to my families annoyance whilst we’re watching races ) and writing articles is something I really enjoy, but I don’t study an English A level, so journalism degree options are limited for me , so if I can gain experience independently then it’s something I would love to pursue alongside engineering.
The main issue I have encountered so far is that universities recommend having some work experience, but most programs I can find are aimed at post graduate students.
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

thanks , Elise.



Good Afternoon Elise,

Thanks for becoming a vital part of our community! We’re seeing an increasing number of students from 6th forms joining us which is great, we’re thrilled to see you are looking for a career in the motorsport industry!

We look forward to seeing you in and amongst the forums and supporting you in your career aims. You like many others are looking to secure work experience which is crucial to your development, your enthusiasm is shining through with is great – that alone will put you on the right path to success!

So let’s get started, can you tell us a few things?

1. What courses you are looking to apply for at university, I’m guessing Motorsport Engineering?
2. What fields/areas of motorsport journalism interest you, or perhaps which type of sport, single-seaters, saloons, or perhaps something further afield such as motocross? I’ll look to put you in touch with some of our journalist/media/commentary contacts soon! But which would be your first preference?
3. What areas of the engineering side are you interested in? Mechanics, development, design, manufacturing or data analysis, car systems/performance for example?

Top Tip: (We share this with many of our new members)

We really recommend you complete a full Student Motorsport profile (with as much detail as possible) so you get the most out of our network. It’s also nice to be able to ‘put a face to your name’. We’re interested in taking a look at your educational background, your interests and of course, see what your aims are, and there are future employers out there looking to do the same.

If you have a completed profile it speaks volumes about you, it’s not just about the posts you create or questions you ask, people want to see who and what type of person creates them.

Thanks you for the response ,
In terms of university i am hoping to do automotive engineering or motorsport engineering, however I’m not doing maths A level, so I don’t meet the entry requirements for most courses. I’m hoping my physics and love for maths will help me in this, as i would be more than willing to learn any necessary content before starting the course and there are teachers who would be able to help me do this.
For journalism and commentary sides ; i have grown up watching a variety of different motorsports, but single seaters, rally and GT or touring car are the ones that i follow very closely and would love to be involved in. I’m starting to get more interested in the esports side of motorsport as well, as it has grown a lot recently and is becoming more competitive every week.
I’m not entirely sure what area of engineering i want to go into , but analysis , performance engineering and mechanics are ones that interest me , but I’m hoping to be able to get some experience or learn more about these so i can really focus myself into the path i want to follow.
Thank you for the tip about completing a profile , i will do that as soon as possible , I’ve been busy with schoolwork recently so i apologise for the slow response, but I’ve been looking through the website and i can’t wait to interact more with other users.
Thanks for the feedback :
Elise 🙂

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