“I think being part of a race team and getting a degree at the same time put me in better stead than just getting a degree. It takes both parts to be employable.”
James Bruce, BSc (Hons) Motorsport Technology
A mechanic who came to Staffordshire University to jump-start his career is living life in the fast-lane after landing a job with McLaren Automotive.
James Bruce, 24, from Consett in County Durham worked as a diagnostic technician for Honda after leaving school but decided to study Motorsport Technology at University to move up the career ladder.
“It got to the point where I couldn't advance in a technical role without taking a degree.” James explained.
“Plus I wanted to make the move from working with road cars to race cars and the course at Staffs seemed ideal.”
James started out on the foundation degree then took the top-up course to complete the BSc (Hons) Motorsport Technology degree.
“I think the in-depth learning that some of the modules offer has definitely opened my eyes. Although I've come from a professional environment I've definitely learned a lot.”
On the course James got plenty of hands on experience including a work placement with a motorsport team.
He said: “I think being part of a race team and getting a degree at the same time put me in better stead than just getting a degree. It takes both parts to be employable.”
James now works in Woking as a technician for McLaren in the vehicle development department and travelled to Germany for crash-testing in his second week in the role.
“It was great to start the job! It's really good to get out there and experience doing something different.”
“I don't think I'd have got the job and had that opportunity if wasn't for the course.”
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