Future Mechanic

My daughter wants to be a mechanic when she finishes school and has always been interested in cars. As a single mother working in finance, I know very little about the specifics of what mechanics do and so I’m struggling with helping my daughter decide whether this is the right path for her. I want to do everything I can to help her achieve her dreams.

My daughter is sixteen years old and is currently looking for work experience as a part of her school’s curriculum. I approached our local auto electrician near Seaford and asked if she could spend a week with him learning about what he does, and he very kindly said yes. There are obviously a lot of safety requirements that the mechanic has to adhere to, so he had to get the whole process cleared with the school and his head office, but everything fell into place and she will be going there next week. She’s so happy that I managed to set this up, and I’m happy that she’s happy. 

He called her last night to run through all the preliminary information that she’d need to know before entering the premises, and gave her some information about the jobs he’d be working on that week. He told her that he had some European vehicle services lined up to show her, and she’s absolutely over the moon about it, being a car fanatic. He’s going to show her the motors of a few different types of European cars so she can see what they’re like and how they differ. I mean… I think they differ? I was only hearing her side of the conversation and I don’t know much about cars so it’s kind of hard to tell.

All I know is that my daughter is happy, and that’s what matters. I hope during the next couple of weeks she decides whether this is something she actually wants to do or not, and I’ll be there to support her every step of the way.