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2 May 2014 / Taking a look at a career in motor sport

As part of Truro High School's comprehensive careers' advice programme, Motorsport Engineer and old girl, Emma James, came to share her career experience with Year 11.

The girls listened with rapt attention as they heard Emma describe her involvement with top motorsport racing teams and share her passion for the intense, innovative, high octane career she loves.

Emma left Truro High School in 2004 and has since taken a National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at Cornwall College - achieving a double distinction - completed a degree in Motorsport at Oxford Brookes University and is currently at Bath University after winning a scholarship to study for a Masters Degree in Innovation and Technology.

During the last 10 years she has also worked for a number of different race teams, mostly focusing on project co-ordination/planning and data analysis/strategy at endurance races including the Nurburgring 24hr working for Aston Martin Lagonda with the V12 Zagato. Alongside her Masters' degree studies, Emma is working for EcoRacing, the 2012 Fun Cup Championship winners.

She told the girls: "I thrive in the fast paced, high pressured environment Motorsport induces and the close network of dedicated people it seems to entice. UK motorsport is a world leader and with a UK engineering degree you can go all over the world to work - I have."

Her advice for all the girls regardless of where there career path takes them is "never admit defeat!" Her own goal is to work for big race teams and win world championships.

"What an excellent role model," said Truro High School Psychology teacher, Kathy Webster, who took over responsibility for careers advice earlier this year.

"It's important talking to the girls about jobs they're familiar with but it's essential we open their eyes to all opportunities available to them so they can raise and broaden their own aspirations. That's the way to make an informed decision about the future."

Emma is the first in a number of people Miss Webster will be inviting to visit the school and share their work experiences with all age groups.

"Emma ticked so many boxes - she works in a high profile, male-dominated industry which is perceived to be difficult to join," said Miss Webster. "She's a shining example of what Truro High girls can achieve."

As an extra contribution, Emma stayed after the career talk to offer her professional advice to the school's Greenpower racing team, which is currently designing and building this year's eco-car for the fiercely fought national Greenpower Racing competition.


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