For young car enthusiasts nationwide, the opportunity to become a 2005 Castrol SYNTEC Outperformer starts by accessing www.syntecoutperformers.com, where a few minutes of thoughtful writing can lead to an unforgettable scholarship and internship to help launch a rewarding career. Entries will be accepted between March 1 and midnight June 15, 2005.
In addition to entering the program here are a few basic tips for young car lovers to take to pursue a career in the automotive service industry:
* Talk to your guidance counselor or instructor. The first step in learning about any career is to speak to your school guidance counselor or teacher. Your educators can suggest the right classes to take, or additional sources to point you in the right direction.
* Take a class or join a local car club. The next step is to gain hands-on experience with your future. Take a basic automotive class or joining a local car club that regularly works on cars to gain firsthand knowledge and fundamental skills, and help determine whether the career is a right for you.
* Research job opportunities. There are plenty of jobs available for young automotive technicians, and identifying the best opportunities is critical to gaining experience. In addition to your local paper, regularly visit auto-focused career websites including autojobs.com and autojobstoday.com for entry-level listings. Also, check the job boards of industry associations such as the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and Automotive Training Managers Council. Many of these organizations have resources dedicated to helping young people get started in the industry.
* Secure an internship. One of the easiest ways to secure a new job is to show relevant experience. Take an internship or part-time job working at a local repair shop or dealership. The experience you gain there will prove invaluable as you search for a full-time job as a qualified automotive technician. Organizations such as Automotive Youth Educational Systems, which is dedicated to encouraging bright students to pursue careers in automotive service technology, can help you find opportunities with auto dealerships that are close to home.
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