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Introduction: The World of Automotive

We would advise that students watch this short 5-minute video as an introduction to 'The World of Automotive', before watching our 'Automotive Volunteer Videos'. This video details the vast number of jobs for diverse women and men in the automotive sector and will help students gain an understanding of the many opportunities and varied job roles available to them.

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#A01 Liam Sherry, International PR Manager, Keyloop

In this Career Conversation Liam Sherry, International PR Manager at Keyloop speaks about studying law at university and why he decided it was not the right career for him, as he much preferred writing and therefore went on to take a Masters in International Business with Cultural Communication. Liam also spoke in detail about how he got his job at Keyloop and why he loves what he does.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, University.

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#A02 Paula Cooper, ConsumerOne Director, Toyota GB Plc

Paula talks about her job as the Director of ConsumerOne, and explains that it is much more about understanding people than working with cars. She describes her workplace at the automotive manufacturer Toyota GB as having a focus on wellbeing and a positive "can do" culture of collaboration and change. She chose to study Economics, French and German at A level because they were the subjects she enjoyed the most, and went on to study Modern Languages and Politics at University. As an award winning woman executive at the top of what was traditionally seen as a male dominated sector she explains how important it is to not be restricted by gender stereotypes when choosing a career.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, University

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#A03 Rosie Stothard, Planning & Pricing Assistant, Volkswagen Group UK

Rosie Stothard, an undergraduate at the University of Leeds, who is currently on work placement with Volkswagen Group UK Ltd outlines the career pathway which got her onto a placement scheme with Automotive 30% Club member, VW Group UK and gives insight into how her A-Level subjects are useful in her current role as Planning & Pricing Assistant. She touches on the influence that friendship groups can have on one another throughout school and tells us that although she was not specifically aiming for a career in automotive before, she definitely is now!

Educational Pathway: A Levels, University, Graduate Scheme

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#A04 Rani Ali, Delivery Lead, Auto Trader

In this Career Conversation Rani Ali, Delivery Lead at Auto Trader UK outlines just some of the transferable skills she developed through studying for a degree in History and details how useful these skills can be in the world of work. She also speaks about how important it is to choose to study the subjects you love and then being open to any opportunities without limiting your choices based on preconceived ideas about the sector.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, University

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#A05 Becky Hughes, Account Manager, Close Brothers

In this Career Conversation Becky Hughes, Account Manager, Close Brothers explains why she chose to embark upon the apprenticeship route and how the skills learned throughout her apprenticeship are useful in her job today. Becky also speaks about who inspires her and whether she feels that employers will treat the Class of 2020/21 any different.

Educational Pathway: Apprenticeship

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#A06 Lucy Proudlove, Digital Degree Apprentice, Bentley Motors

Lucy Proudlove, Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprentice at Bentley Motors talks about how her A Levels in IT, Sociology and Photography are useful for the tasks in her Degree Apprenticeship, and also explains how she balances her role at Bentley Motors, alongside her degree studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, Degree Apprenticeship

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#A07 Sarah Knighting, Group Marketing Manager, TrustFord

Sarah Knighting, Group Marketing Manager at TrustFord outlines the importance of following your passion, and utilising your skill set. She tells students about the benefits of workplace mentors and friendship groups, outside of work, who will help to support one another through challenging times and mental health struggles and Sarah also advises young people to remove any preconceptions of the automotive industry and to keep an open mind when it comes to choosing a career pathway.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, University

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#A08 Moyosola Fujamade, Senior Press Officer, Kia Motors

Moyosola talks about her role as Senior Press Officer for events at the car company Kia. She studied Maths and Business Studies at A level and she explains why she chose her Maths for Finance degree at the University of Portsmouth, and although her first couple of job roles were more maths related she has now established herself in PR and sees her future in general automotive management. She says she is a firm believer in breaking "glass ceilings" and that if you set your mind to do something, you can do it.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, University

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#A09 Karen Julien, Head of Procurement, Inchcape UK

Karen Julien, Head of Procurement at Inchcape UK highlights her passion for practical and creative subjects and details why she decided to study Model Design at university, despite it being a less academic subject. She speaks about the importance of being adaptable to change and encourages students to separate personal and professional life, in order to help maintain wellbeing and ensure they aren’t overwhelmed.

Educational Pathway: College, University

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#A10 Jade Edgington, Business Development Manager, Paragon Bank

In this Career Conversation Jade Edgington, Business Development Manager, Paragon Bank plc speaks in detail about her education pathway. In particular Jade highlights how having gone to university, realised that the direction she was taking was not right for her. Upon embarking on a career in the finance sector, Jade quickly realised that the transferable skills developed in her A-Levels helped her immensely during her rise up the career ladder into her current position at Paragon Bank plc. This conversation is suitable for those students who do not have a clear idea of what career they want.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, University

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#A11 Helen Priest, Account Manager, Close Brothers

In this Career Conversation Helen Priest, Dealer Account Manager at Close Brothers Motor Finance, outlines the importance of achieving qualifications in both English and Maths, in order to help young people progress and details just some of the skills that the class of 2020-21 will have developed by studying from home and adapting to new ways of learning throughout the pandemic. Helen advises students to take every opportunity given, no matter how small, and emphasises the benefits of gender equality, in order to help bring new ideas into organisations and industries.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, College

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#A12 Sarah Eaves, Account Manager, Auto Trader

Sarah Eaves, Account Manager at Auto Trader UK highlights how a degree in Law is useful in her role today, as Account Manager and what it’s like to work at Auto Trader UK. She gives insight into some of the decisions she would change if she were to go back to her time at school, and recognises the variety of career opportunities available for everyone throughout her organisation, and throughout the automotive sector as a whole.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, University

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#A13 Charlotte Pinner, Service Adviser, Colchester Porsche, Jardine Motors Group

In this Career Conversation Charlotte Pinner, Service Adviser, Colchester Porsche, Jardine Motors Group, details about why she choose an apprenticeship route and why she would recommend this pathway to others. Charlotte is also very open about the impact friendship groups can negatively have on a young person's studies and the importance of surrounding yourself with people who are supportive and nuturing.

Educational Pathway: Apprenticeship.

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#A14 Hayley Keatinge, Head of Business, Jardine Motors Group

In this Hayley Keatinge, Head of Business, Jardine Motors Group, who recently featured in our Inspiration for Innovation Career Conversation series. Hayley speaks about about how despite studying to be a vet then a biochemist, she was brave enough to identify that these were not the careers for her. Having joined the automotive industry 15 years ago as a Sales Executive, she has been a Head of Business for the 5 years, and absolutely loves working in the automotive sector. Hayley offers students great advise about what they can be doing now for a job in the future and stressed that if they embrace and are passionate about what they want to do they can not fail.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, University

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#A15 Megan Burton, Accounts Apprentice, Burrows Motor Company

Megan outlines her career pathway, which led her onto an apprenticeship with Burrows Motor Company and gives insight into how the apprenticeship route has benefited her, whilst allowing her to learn something new every day. Megan speaks about the life lessons she has learned since entering the working world and recognises the importance of a diverse, gender-balanced workforce, which allows employees to learn from different types of people throughout the organisation. She also encourages young women, like herself to consider the automotive industry as a viable career choice for them.

Educational Pathway: Apprenticeship

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#A16 Rebecca Clark, Sales Director, Auto Trader UK

Rebecca Clark is the Sales Director at the automotive tech company, Auto Trader. She talks about how learning languages at A Level has helped her to embrace diversity and be culturally aware, and how useful it is to do work experience, have good communication skills and be able to work well with people. Her advice is to be the best that you can be and be kind to others.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, College, University

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#A17 Samantha Hopkins, Commercial Training Lead, Volvo Car UK

In this conversation, Sam Hopkins, Commercial Training Lead at Volvo Car UK talks about how studying Sociology and Psychology at A Level has helped her throughout her career and details the benefits of working for a company such as Volvo, who are inclusive and practice flexible working.

Sam urges students to have self belief and not to worry if life doesn’t go according to plan, she also highlights the number of great career opportunities available within the automotive industry.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, Employment

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#A18 Bijal Mandalia, Franchise Controller, Jardine Motors Group

Bijal Mandalia, Franchise Controller at Jardine Motors Group details what is involved in her role as Franchise Controller and explains how her degree in Accounting and Finance helps with her work. She urges students to choose something they’re passionate about, in order to succeed and highlights the importance of a strong and inclusive support network, both in work and outside of work.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, University

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#A19 Gina Jackson, Group Renewals Manager, JCT600

Gina Jackson, Group Renewals Manager at JCT600 Ltd speaks about her career pathway, and highlights that studying for a BTEC in Travel and Tourism allowed her to gain practical skills, even though it wasn’t her first choice. Gina tells students more about her love for racing cars, and urges students to trust the process , even if things don’t fall into place as envisaged.

Educational Pathway: College, BTEC, University

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#A20 Emma Freeman, Chief Risk Officer, Inchcape UK

In this Career Conversation Emma Freeman, Chief Risk Officer at Inchcape UK highlights how her Dad helped to influence her career pathway, and details the importance of doing a job and taking a pathway that you enjoy. She suggests that the class of 2020/21 will in fact benefit from the Covid-19 pandemic, by having the ability to adapt to change at an early age and Emma encourages students to work hard, as people will notice.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, Employment

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#A21 Autumn Stokes, Graduate Digital Marketing Assistant, Jardine Motors Group

Autumn Stokes, Graduate Digital Marketing Assistant at Jardine Motors Group studied for a degree in Media and Popular Culture, before completing a Masters in Digital Marketing and found that the placement she did whilst studying allowed her to discover which type of role she wanted to pursue. Autumn details the importance of maintaining relationships with potential employers and values the supportive work culture at Jardine Motors Group.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, University, Graduate Scheme

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#A22 John Levis, User Experience Designer, Keyloop

In this Career Conversation John Levis, Product and User Experience Designer at Keyloop details how his degree in Graphic Design and in particular digital design helps him in his current role at Keyloop and speaks about how a one particular history lesson inspired him to pursue his interest. John enjoys the fresh challenges that he faces everyday as a designer and highlights the importance of skills such as empathy and communication.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, University

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#A23 Kerry Sainsbury, Specialist Digital Marketing, Toyota GB Plc

In this Career Conversation Kerry Sainsbury, Specialist in Digital Marketing at Toyota GB Plc gives insight into her love for PR and explains how she found her passion for the automotive industry, through a placement scheme during university. Kerry explains why university was the right choice for her, despite being the first person in her family to pursue this route. She encourages students to ignore outdated stereotypes when it comes to choosing a career path and says that ‘failing to prepare is preparing to fail’.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, University

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#A24 Olivia Norris, Customer Experience Team, Aston Martin Cambridge, Jardine Motors Group

Olivia Norris, Customer Experience Advisor at Jardine Motors Group talks about her struggles with maths during school, but details that by persevering she eventually achieved the grade she needed to progress onto A Levels. Taking a gap year allowed Olivia to find her passion for events, and she later carried out a degree in International Events Management with Experiential Marketing, which inspired her to apply for her role at Jardine Motors Group. She urges students to live for the now, gives advice for dealing with personal struggles and also provides insight into the importance of inclusive companies.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, University, Graduate Scheme

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#A25 Jennifer Collett, Commercial Graduate, Stellantis

Jenny Collett, Commercial Graduate at Stellantis works in Digital Marketing and feels that industry placements and internships are important, she says its key to choose a career pathway that you’re interested in, as you’re more likely to end up doing a job that you love! She details her future plans within Stellantis and urges students not to turn down opportunities because of their gender and comments that being a woman is a strength within her company.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, University, Graduate Scheme

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#A26 Carolina Lopez-Holgado, Senior Supplier Quality Engineer, Bentley

In this short episode Carolina Lopez Holgade, Senior Supplier Quality Engineer at Bentley Motors tells students about her passion for Maths, Science and creative subjects, such as Art and Technology. Her desire to combine both of these passions is what led her to a career in engineering. She details the support she received from Bentley Motors, when moving from Spain to the UK, and highlights that she enjoys being challenged in her role everyday.

Educational Pathway: University (Moved Location)

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#A27 Catrina Coakley-Burns, Graduate Digital Marketing Assistant, Jardine Motors Group

In this Career Conversation Catrina Coakley-Burns,, Graduate Digital Marketing Assistant at Jardine Motor Group talks more about her career pathway, she studied English Literature, Spanish and History at A Level, before deciding to do a degree in English, due to her passion for communication, and she tells students about how her degree helps her in her current role. Catrina encourages students to follow their passion, get involved with things they're interested in and most enjoys dealing with different people everyday in her role.

Educational Pathway: A Levels, University, Graduate Scheme

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#A28 Rob Caldecott, Senior Front End Developer, Keyloop

Rob Caldecott, Senior Front End Developer at Keyloop outlines his career pathway and explains why he chose to go straight into employment after studying a BTEC in computing at his local college. He speaks about an enthusiastic teacher who helped to influence his career and highlights his love for mentoring others and being creative in his role.

Educational Pathway: College, Employment

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