Of plans gone awry

Saturday 28th January 2012

About 18 months ago I graduated with a pretty good degree in Civil Engineering, from a pretty good university. In the last few months, I’ve also graduated from an MSc course in one particular part of Civils, again from a pretty good university. During the last year – and particularly the last few months since I finished my masters – I’ve been looking and applying for jobs within that industry. Had a few interviews too, but for whatever reason got nowhere. Lately, I’ve become bored of being skint, so I decided to look for a part-time job, something to do/earn money while I keep applying for “proper” jobs.

And, well, that’s sort of what I’ve done. I’ve taken what is essentially a part-time job, that I know will give me work for the majority of the year. But as part time jobs go, it’s a bit good…

I’m going to be working for a tyre company. Specifically, in the motorsport part of the company. Providing support to their customers in the World Endurance Championship. So basically, I’m going to go to a load of races, getting paid for it, and getting involved in engineering some of the cars that are taking part.

So I’ll be working at races at Sebring (Florida), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Le Mans, Silverstone, Interlagos (Sao Paulo), Bahrain (or wherever they decide to reschedule it), Fuji (Japan) and somewhere in China. And I’ll also hopefully be involved in a bit of testing; I already know that I’ll be going to a tyre test in February, most likely at Monza.

So, my initial plan of “finish uni, get a civil engineering job” has sort of gone awry; I don’t know if this job will lead to any future work (although I get the impression that it possibly could), and of course I’m now not entirely available to start a “normal” office-based engineering job until about November, when the WEC season ends. But, well, I can’t say I’m really complaining…

I still find it slightly amazing that I had a few interviews for jobs that I should really be ideal for given my experience and my qualifications, and got nowhere. But somehow I’ve landed a job that’s completely different to what I’ve done before. Again, I can’t say I’m moaning; at least one of the companies I’ve interviewed for in the last 6 months is now in trouble. And, er, in this job I get to work in motorsport!

And that still hasn’t really sunk in. The way I keep looking at it is: I’ve wanted to go to the Le Mans 24 Hours for years. I’m going this year, and I’ll be in the pitlane for the race. I’ve been to spectate at the Silverstone 6 Hours for the last couple of years, this year I’ll be working there. It’s all a bit unreal really.

So that’s what I’m doing this year. I’m very excited.

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Saturday 28th January 2012, 9:52 am

I guess things don’t always work out they way you plan, but then again, maybe not the way you planned is better than you could have planned for – clumsy sentence, but you get the sentiment. Sounds like it’s right up your street, hope you have fun with it!


Sunday 29th January 2012, 9:31 pm

Yup, that’s very true. When such a cool opportunity comes along, I think you’ve just got to go for it. I feel quite lucky that it’s worked out like this, really.

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