October 2, 2012 in General Motor Trade News & Info
The motor trade is an exciting industry offering people an opportunity to showcase their skills whether it’s selling skills, problem solving, accounting or spray painting. In this industry there are so many possible career avenues.
You will need to decide what sector of the industry interests you, have you always had a flair for art and want to play with paint all day? Maybe vehicle body repairs and spray painting is the career choice of you.
If you have always loved tinkering with cars, fixing mechanical problems and enjoying the sense of achievement when they run smoothly again, then a motor mechanical position is just up your alley.
Of course the first step will be to start college, some companies offer apprenticeships, you can search for these online or speak to local workshops and dealerships. If you are thinking of selling cars then you will want a sales course or degree, where mechanical work requires a NVQ level.
Choose your college options carefully, you will probably want something closer to home where you can find a part time position at a workshop in your spare time, get some hands on knowledge at the same time and earn some extra cash.
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Many businesses are happy to take on a student to help around, don’t be surprised if you are not placed on fixing cars from the start, you may end up cleaning up or helping out with other chores, but while doing this you can get a good feel for what it will be like when you are fully qualified and ready to take on a professional role.
Getting a part time position at a local business also helps you once your have your degree, you stand a higher chance of being promoted to a full time staff member if you have already been helping them out during your studies.
Know that this industry isn’t an easy one, it’s not arriving at work and playing around all day, you have customers to keep happy, deadlines to meet and in some cases long hours to ensure the work is completed on time. You need to ensure you are happy working in that sector of the industry, it’s not a collar and tie position if you are working on cars, you are going to get dirty and spend hours scrubbing your hands when you get home.
Pick your sector of the industry with care and then decide if you are ready to join the motor trade and if this is the career path that you want to follow.