Few women 'choosing motor industry'

Many female university students may be missing out on a rewarding career in the motor industry by ignoring the sector altogether when they consider job options, a survey suggests.

A survey by Autocar has found that more that six out of 10 female students have no interest in exploring a possible career in the automotive sector.

While little over a third say they might consider working in the industry, only 3.5% are definitely planning to give it a try.

In contrast, 61% of male university students were enthusiastic about a career in the automotive sector, with just 39% saying they would definitely not consider it.

Autocar editor Chas Hallett pointed out that there is a wealth of opportunity in the the sector for interested university students "from design through to showroom".

Besides engineering jobs, there are career options in specialist marketing, public relations, sustainability, accounting, HR and customer service.

Mr Hallet added: "It is disappointing to learn that so few female students are considering a career in the motor industry.

"As we launch the 2011 Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award we really do want to encourage female university students to put pen to paper and enter. It's such a great opportunity."

The Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award is a national competition to identify, support and develop top automotive talent of the future. Entrants from UK universities are invited to answer a brief set by Autocar's Editor-in-chief, Steve Cropley.

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