A Career in Shipping, Logistics & Freight Forwarding
As Southampton & Felixstowe’s leading recruitment agency to the shipping, logistics and freight forwarding industry, we are always looking for ways to promote the freight, shipping & supply chain profession as a career choice for school & college leavers & graduates alike. There is certainly a skills shortage here in Southampton, within the shipping & freight industry, and I know the same applies to Felixstowe, and throughout the UK.
So along with BIFA, we would like to actively promote a career choice in shipping & freight, it can be a lot more diverse and exciting than you may think, taking you all over the world.
Here are just 9 reasons why we think freight is for you:
- Progression – If you’re ambitious, you’ll go far with a career in Logistics. There are numerous examples of managers, at all levels, who started as an apprentice and have gone on to reach senior positions within the sector, or even run their own business.
- Brexit – We have our finger on the pulse of what a post Brexit Britain could look like. One of the core functions our members provide is customs services, and as we leave the EU there could be a need for more customs clearance activity for goods coming in from Europe. This means new opportunities and the potential for new staff that need training to lead the way in customs procedures.
- International – Logistics has no barriers and all our members trade internationally. You can be liaising with overseas offices, learning about different working cultures or even getting the
chance to travel abroad on business. Some larger companies also offer their own exchange programmes.
- Products – No two days are the same. Freight Forwarders and Logistics providers handle millions of shipments every day. Our members ensure the supply chain to some of the world’s most exciting goods are delivered on time and without incident; from diamonds to dinosaur bones, film sets to Formula 1 cars, stadium lighting to live animals. You name it, our industry has transported it.
- Pathways – Once you have completed your International Freight Forwarding Apprenticeship, there will be many pathways your career could take. You could begin your career exporting
some of the UK’s most valuable products or importing some of the vital goods key to our way of life, you could end up working in customer service, sales, supply chain or even some specialist roles such as aerospace, automotive, retail or events.
- Interest – Many of our members’ apprentices speak with great enthusiasm about how interesting and exciting the industry is. The variety of the tasks, procedures, products and the international element, combined with its importance to our economy means that once people join, most end up making a long and successful career out of it.
- Demand – The Logistics industry will always be needed and it offers a stimulating and stable future. Most companies could not survive if they only traded domestically and in an increasingly globalised world there will always be a requirement for international freight and customs procedures, to ensure products from all over the world can get from A to B. Whilst markets move and consumer habits change, our industry changes with it – the boom in online ordering has meant that logistics is now more important than ever.
- Knowledge – BIFA members have expressed their concern over a skills shortage, caused by the amount of knowledge leaving the industry. Over 70% of our members said they already take on apprentices, and the amount is set to rise with Brexit on the horizon.
- Getting Hired – Whilst many of the classically high profile organisations may seem more attractive, they also receive tens-of-thousands of applicants. If you apply for a job with one of our
members you’re not only much more likely to be successful, you’ll also enjoy an interesting and engaging career, with great long-term prospects
So who said a career in shipping, freight forwarding & logistics is dull?