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Your first job courtesy of Williams F1 Team

A short post today but another important one to bring to your attention.

Junior or entry level roles are rare in Formula 1 but that is not to say that they never come up. You should always be on the look out though and be fully prepared to apply.

A glance at the Williams F1 careers page today shows no fewer than 28 vacancies but more remarkable than is the variety of junior or first time roles that they are offering.

http://www.williamsf1.com/pages/careers/WMR

JOB TITLE

JUNIOR GRAPHICS PRODUCTION TECHNICIAN (3 MONTH CONTRACT)
SUB ASSEMBLY TECHNICIAN
TRAVELLING CONTROL SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN
EVENTS COORDINATOR
HYDRAULICS TECHNICIAN
SENIOR HOST
HOSPITALITY HOST
HOSPITALITY OPERATIONS MANAGER
ELECTRICAL TECHNICIAN (SUPPORT TEAM)
EVENT SALES & ADMIN MANAGER
ADM DEPARTMENT TECHNICIAN
DATA ANALYST (AERO TEST FACILITIES)
JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER (AERO TEST FACILITIES)
SOFTWARE ENGINEER
MATERIALS SCIENTIST
TRACK COMMS TECHNICIAN
TRAVEL OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
JUNIOR PARTNER MANAGER
TOOLPATH PROGRAMMER
PRESS OFFICER
JUNIOR MOTORSPORT PRESS OFFICER
JUNIOR CORPORATE PRESS OFFICER
COMPOSITE DESIGN ENGINEER (CONTRACT)
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER
PROCUREMENT OFFICER (IN DIRECTS)
SENIOR VEHICLE DYNAMICS ENGINEER
NO. 2 MECHANIC (SUPPORT TEAM)
SENIOR DESIGN ENGINEER – JIGS AND FIXTURES

It is quite unbelievable to see so many roles advertised which require little or no experience to make a start.

I’ve written previously about how (and why) so many F1 job adverts have the dreaded phrase “minimum of 2 years high-level motorsport experience required” but in these cases there is no such specification. Even the number 2 mechanic role does not specify prior experience, and although it would be an obvious advantage it should be clear to you that Williams are looking for young and inexperienced individuals who they can bring on within their own team culture.

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Many people have asked me whether every role within the team requires a degree or some kind of specialisation but that is definitely not the case. Here the travel administrator role is a good example and one which only requires hard work, common sense and a willingness to learn.

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If you are able, I would be sitting down very seriously to read through these vacancy listings and preparing an application to one or more of them. Remember that even if the jobs listed are not your ideal role, a foot in the door and even a year or two of experience within Formula 1 will open up an enormous number of new opportunities for you. The first job is always the key and you should not be letting this one get away from you.

Best of luck.

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