Happy accident sparks Forrester’s love for auto

Stephanie Lyew

March 8, 2022

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As a student of the Jose Marti Technical High School, Jonoi Forrester’s name often saw her mistaken for a boy. In one instance, it even saw her being placed in auto mechanics classes, where the curriculum sparked a lifelong love for auto engineering.

But despite her long-held passion for mechanics, Forrester was not entirely sure about a career in the automotive industry. She wanted to be a meteorologist, but continued on the path chosen, and matriculated to the Jamaican-German Automotive School for her tertiary education, where she studied auto-mechanics.

At 25, she now wears the title of workshop controller at ATL Autobahn and has been working with the company for the past three and a half years.

Currently, she is tasked with ensuring that all work on the vehicles in their garage (usually within a dealership) is carried out appropriately.

“My daily duties entail allocating jobs to the technicians, relaying information between technicians, service advisers and washstand. I do a lot of administrative work in-between also, which comprises of reports, organising of the workshop, parts requisitions, and the works,” said Forrester.

She added, “What I love about my job is that every day it allows me to learn something new about BMWs, which has always been my favourite brand of cars.”
In the initial stages, between gender differences and the distinct age gap, it was a challenge to adapt, she said. But, having been recognised and represented as a team member who believes in achieving a shared goal, she has managed to overcome it.

“Every day is a work in progress, because there’s always room for improvement. I think I break the bias by showing that regardless of a woman’s soft exterior, we are just as capable as men, and by challenging myself to do better than the day before every day that I go into work,” Forrester shared.

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