Georgina Blane

'I would love to work for a Formula 1 team overseas...'

  • Georgina Blane

Studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Engineering

As someone with a love of cars and sport, and who thrives when working under pressure, it's easy to see why Georgina's dream career is in motor racing.

'I would love to work for a Formula 1 team overseas,' she says. 'I think it would be such a fun environment. But my goal is to find a job that I love, no matter what field of engineering I pursue.'

Georgina would be well prepared for this as she is a member of the UC Motorsport team, which builds a car to compete in the Formula SAE student design competition in Melbourne each year.

'At the moment I have a car part to design and then build, but I am also helping out with other odd jobs that need doing - like sanding the mould for the chassis.

Georgina's father has been a huge influence on her.

'He did an apprenticeship as a mechanic and has always had crazy ideas about what he would do if he had the freedom. I guess I am living his dreams. My interest in cars flourished in my summer job at Motorsport Solutions Ltd. I worked on F5000s and Formula Fords and travelled to Hampton Downs to work as part of the pit crew at the Howden Ganley F5000 festival.'

Georgina says that engineering was always a natural path for her as the subjects she enjoyed most at school were calculus, physics and graphics. She likes working to deadlines, of which there are plenty in her degree.

'I have always enjoyed challenging myself,' she says. 'Most of the course material really interests me, but I enjoy the design assignments the most. I like the group projects as I get to meet everyone in my course. I enjoy studying with like-minded people.'

The social side of university life is very important for Georgina. Moving from Wellington to Christchurch to study, she decided to start out in a hall of residence, College House. Georgina stayed on for a second year as a House Leader and to take advantage of the many sporting, social and academic activities on offer.

'It was an awesome experience and is a special place because it's the oldest hall of residence in New Zealand. I enjoyed my second year there even more, as there were more opportunities to make crazy memories and more leadership opportunities.

'I like how UC's campus isn't spread out. It means student life is awesome and events are well organised and attended. The huge number of clubs and events means there is plenty of opportunity to meet people.'

Keen to achieve a good work-life balance, Georgina likes to go cycling and running regularly, and is also interested in healthy eating. She says it's important to use your time at university to become a well-rounded adult.

'Be prepared to commit 100% to not only your degree but the whole student experience,' she says. 'Remember that only a very small percentage of the class can ever get top grades, so make sure you have other things going for you, and build up your CV while you're at university. Use the time to make contacts for internships and jobs. And get to know to lots of different people because university is a great opportunity to make lifelong friends.'

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