Debut had the exclusive opportunity to grill British Formula One racing team Manor Racing about all things motorsport. In this post they discuss alternative careers in the industry, and how best to grab opportunities in Formula One:
You don’t just need engineers in the motorsport industry. What other careers are there in the industry to pursue?
There is definitely more to the motorsport industry than just engineering. Among other areas, there are marketing, commercial, PR and a wider variety of operational roles, all of which require employees who are experts in their field and equally passionate about their work.
Most business related degrees do not cover topics such as motorsport. How can students prove their business skills to an employer like Manor Racing?
A motorsport background in business related areas is not essential, and similarly, students can prove their business skills by demonstrating excellent results in areas of finance and commerce. Also, previous experience of demonstrating their experience and knowledge in a fast paced working environment is extremely attractive as well.
Networking is a scary concept to a lot of students. What are your top tips on making a good impression in the motorsport industry?
Do your homework and show that you have a passion for this industry. There is a lot of information available on the Internet about how the motorsport industry is evolving. You should also try exploring the history and set up of individual teams. Context is everything after all!
Having a keen interest in the motorsport industry will help demonstrate that you are genuinely passionate about working in it.