Jaguar Land Rover - Lucy Stokes

Name: Lucy Stokes
Job Title: Product Development Engineer
Company: Jaguar Land Rover
Sectors: Engineering

How did you find the application and interview process for your job?

For the graduate scheme at Jaguar Land Rover there is an application form, online tests and a full day at assessment centre. It was a very thorough process, but then it had to be because over 10,000 people applied for around 330 jobs. The assessment day itself is very intense with many activities that are designed to test both your technical competence and personal skills in line with the Jaguar Land Rover High Performance Behaviours.

Why did you decide to work in this industry?

I wanted to work in an industry that valued the contribution that engineers can make, one that challenged its employees and would continue to do so for the rest of their careers. To do that I needed an industry that was at the cutting edge of technology and produced complex, quality products. The automotive industry ticks all those boxes.

What do you enjoy most about working in this industry?

Seeing people enjoying the products you work on, on a daily basis. Unlike some engineering sectors there is a fast turnaround and a real chance to make an impact.

What have you struggled most with since starting you career, and do you have any advice on how to overcome it?

Mechanical Engineering allows you to work in a huge variety of roles within many different sectors, knowing exactly what you want to do and where you want to do it sometimes takes time and patience. I briefly worked in IT and then spent eighteen months as a CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) Engineer in Formula 1 before moving to the right company for me.

Do you feel diversity is an issue in the Industry you work in?

There’s no denying that women are greatly outnumbered by men in most engineering workplaces, however this starts at university. Women will always be in the minority until more young women are encouraged to study science and engineering in further education. There are many initiatives within the industry to try and encourage women into the sector, Jaguar Land Rover has started a Women in Engineering Network to allow engineering students to meet with Graduates and Managers within the business . There can be both good and bad points to being in the minority, but there’s one thing for certain, it makes you more memorable!

What's the best career advice you've ever received?

Someone very successful once told me that very few people know exactly what they want to do when they leave university and even fewer end up doing the specific role they targeted. Your career is a journey and to make the most of it you need to be open-minded and flexible. Take every opportunity that comes your way because you never know where it may lead.

What advice would you give to other aspiring graduates looking to work in your field?

To work in the automotive industry you don’t need to be a petrol head, you need to have a passion for engineering, because that is ultimately what we do; design and manufacture great products. I cannot recommend the Jaguar Land Rover graduate scheme highly enough and if you want to work in a sector that is bucking the economic trend and is really going places, you should definitely apply.

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