This week sees the first major event of the 2017 UK motorsport season and it could be a fantastic place to make inroads into your future motorsport career.

The Autosport International show is an annual event taking place at the NEC where the motorsport community comes together to collaborate, communication and celebrate all things motorsport.

This year’s event promises to be one of the biggest ever with the Williams F1 team taking centre stage at they celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Just about every company involved in motorsport in the UK and many from elsewhere around the world will be represented and so it is a fantastic place to come and learn about how and where to get involved. If you see yourself as a future motorsport person then it is almost inevitable that you will end up working for one of the companies exhibiting here.

Not only are companies on show and ready to talk to you, Autosport International also have a dedicated careers area where prospective students can come and hear from employers and recruitment experts within the industry. Many universities and colleges are also planning to be there and are on-hand to talk about their various courses, how to apply and what entry qualifications you will need. Current students can be found on the stands and they will be all too happy to talk to you about their experiences and show you their Formula Student cars. It is a golden opportunity to learn.

The show starts on Thursday with 2 trade days but students are eligible for entry alongside the rest of the motorsport company employees. Saturday and Sunday are public days and whilst crowded, offer many of the same exhibits and benefits as the preceding days.

I strongly suggest you get up there if you are able as it is one of the biggest trade shows of its type anywhere in the world and a real insight into what goes on behind the scenes in racing.