Assist with Recognizing and Developing Potential
Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area
You asked a very important question.
Here is a site that has a very helpful video and other helpful information: http://www.yourfutureinautomotive.com/education-advice/university http://www.wikihow.com/Become-an-Automotive-Engineer
Here is the site of an association of people who are involved in various aspects of automotive design and engineering. http://www.sae.org/.
Perhaps the reference librarian at your local library could help you to find a local chapter, so that you could attend a meeting and mix and mingle and learn more. These organizations are very interested and eager for student involvement.
Talk to the head of alumni relations at your school to see if there are any of the graduates of your school working in these areas. The job of the head of the relations department is to create and maintain a community of graduates of your school. He/she can help you to locate and talk to people who are doing what you think that you want to do so you can see what they do, how they got there, and how you feel about what they are doing. This is called networking. Here are some tips: http://www.wikihow.com/Network https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations
Also talk to your school counselor about participating in intern, coop, volunteer, and shadowing programs that will help with career exposure. Here is a good site for locating internships: http://www.fastweb.com/
I think that you will find this site a very helpful one, as it is designed for girls who might be interested in engineering: http://www.engineergirl.org/
Please let me know if and how this helps. I would like to follow your progress. Please keep me posted. Best of luck!