#FromHigherEdToHired - Kirsty Young - BSc (Hons) Motorsport Management - based at Silverstone Innovation Centre, working for CMA Marketing

27.07.2016

Kirsty Young graduated from BSc (Hons) Motorsport Management and is now based at Silverstone Innovation Centre, working for CMA Marketing.

CMA Marketing specialise in marketing for motorsport and high performance engineering companies (mainly for component manufacturers) such as Xtrac Transmissions, Lifeline Fire and Safety Systems and others similar.

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What areas of engineering are important today?

All areas of engineering are important, especially within the motorsport industry. The technology is always cutting-edge and due to this advanced nature it is more often than not transferable into defence, medical and other sectors so it is crucial that it is maintained and continued.

Tell me a little about your job.

I have been working here for two years since I graduated from UWTSD. I am based at Silverstone Innovation Centre, working for CMA Marketing. We specialise in marketing for motorsport and high performance engineering companies (mainly for component manufacturers) such as Xtrac Transmissions, Lifeline Fire and Safety Systems and others similar.

What is the best thing about your job?  

The best thing about the job is that no two days are ever the same. It’s an exciting/ high pressure industry that is constantly changing so you are constantly having to keep up to date with all of the tech developments and changes, which keeps me on my toes.  It is also a nice community to work in, everyone knows everyone and it’s basically just a big family.

Which modules helped you the most?

I can’t pick out one specific module that has helped me more than another. It was the broad range of modules that provided me with a wide business knowledge that has given me a solid foundation on which to build my career. I feel that is a very important factor.

What was the best thing about your course?

There were several of aspects that made the course special. First it was a small course so we had a better learning experience and more time with the lecturers, which is always a plus.

We were encouraged to work on extracurricular activities/ projects with the engineers in the workshop which has provided me with an accurate representation of a real-life working environment in the industry.

The course also had great links with the industry. I met my current employer and was offered my job when I was in my first year of university and I feel had I been at another university it would have been much more difficult to find work.

What do you miss about University?

I miss the whole experience. It was just a lovely place to study. All the lecturers were so supportive and it was a great course where I learned so much.

Any advice for future students?

Make the most of the experience. Interact with the engineers, work on the projects in the workshop and always do as much as you can when on the course, as the more you do the more you are recognised and the easier it is to find a job at the end of it. You really do get out what you put in.