Seeking success at the MIA Jobs Fair
17 May 2018
Over 450 students, graduates and professionals walked through the doors of the MIA’s 6th Automotive and Motorsport Jobs Fair in association with the National Motorsport Academy on the 25th of April this year. With a variety of exhibitors, including McLaren Automotive, Williams Advanced Engineering and Jaguar Land Rover to name a few, visitors had the unique opportunity to seek advice, guidance and potential job roles from some of the most successful Automotive and Motorsport companies in the world.
Set in the heart of Motorsport Valley, the Silverstone Circuit provided the perfect backdrop. As teams competing in the Ferrari Challenge Championship took to the track, the roar of the magnificent Ferrari 488s along with the rich history of Silverstone added a real ‘buzz’ to the prospect of a career in the Automotive or Motorsport industry.
The jobs fair featured a range of exhibitors, from Automotive Manufacturers to Motorsport Engineering companies as well as recruitment consultants and Motorsport courses, Universities and Colleges. Whatever career move visitors were looking for, there was a relevant exhibitor for them to engage with.
‘We are here to showcase the Williams Advanced Engineering Industrial Placements and Graduate Schemes to everyone attending the event. As a diverse company, we offer a variety of exciting activities on which to work ranging from motorsport to aerospace and including projects such as Babypod, a system to transport critically ill infants, to Aerofoil, a device to fit to supermarket fridges to save energy and carbon emissions,’ says Michelle Mulcock, HR Advisor at Williams Advanced Engineering. ‘Generally, we find that those taking part in our Graduate Scheme continue with us in their field of expertise at the company for the long-term. They’re really talented and it’s great to have them in the business making crucial contributions to our growth and success.’
It’s not just the variety of exhibitors that makes the MIA Jobs Fair so successful, but the diverse audience that attends the event as well. ‘I’ve been happily surprised by the vast range of different backgrounds of the people we have spoken to today,’ says Nathan Gunter, Graduate Engineer at Mahle. ‘We are looking for suitable candidates for undergraduate, graduate, technician and apprenticeship roles as well as senior engineering positions and there have been people here from all different levels and of good quality too. There have also been people with a good range of degrees, primarily mechanical, but also automotive, electrical and systems engineering – it’s good to know that they are out there and looking for work!’
This year’s MIA Jobs Fair also attracted a number of students and apprentices who were looking to pursue careers as race mechanics, which was great news for the National College of Motorsport. ‘This has probably been the best MIA Jobs Fair for us so far because people have come here specifically to get a job as a race mechanic, so this fair is attracting the right people for us,’ says Jim Harrod, Head of School at National College of Motorsport. ‘I think that particularly for Motorsport, students can sometimes get poor career advice from their schools. We see it every year where students watch Motorsport on TV but have little knowledge of the industry behind it. This is a great place for students to come and get worthy advice from real motorsport companies to understand how it all works.’
This is a key element of the MIA Jobs Fair, which is why throughout the day experts also hosted an array of workshops. These educated the visitors on how to write the best CV as well as how to boost their LinkedIn profiles and how to achieve a Motorsport degree whilst in full time employment with the National Motorsport Academy.
The MIA Jobs Fair provides the perfect opportunity for not only students and professionals to discover their next career move, but also for leading Automotive and Motorsport companies to engage with the next generation of engineers and mechanics. With 70% of companies offering follow-up interviews to visitors met at the Jobs Fair, there is no better place to find your next dream job, employer or employee.
Register here for your place at the next MIA Jobs Fair in October.