Most of you know that my freight career started with a job at Scan Dutch. But you probably don’t know how I ended up there?
Back in 1987, I was part of the Youth Training Scheme. A government-run programme designed to take school leavers and get them into the workplace.
They taught me how to do all the basics that would be required in office work. I had lessons on all the basic clerical tasks. They even taught me how to answer the phone properly!
As part of the scheme, I was offered a position at one of three places. Midland Bank, where they had 40 positions available, Direct Line, where they had 42 spaces available. Or ScanDutch, where they had just the one spot available.
No prizes for guessing where I went!
Over the years since I’ve worked hard and progressed through the industry. I’ve done pretty well. But I do sometimes wonder how much easier it would have been if I had had someone available to guide and mentor me when I first started out.
Thirty-three years later and I am honoured to have the opportunity to give back and help the young people entering the freight industry today.
BIFA has recently launched its Young Forwarder Network and they’ve appointed little old me as one of the Governing board for the Midlands area!
I recently attended their launch event. There were more than 50 young forwarders there, including my own son and daughter! The event was a huge success and I am so pleased to be a part of it.
I love my job. I get to travel the world and meet some amazing people. I look forward to helping other young forwarders to make the most of what this career has to offer and to make their mark on the freight world of the future.