Time at Kuehne + Nagel: 1 Years
Hobbies: Immersing myself in new cultures and running for fun.
Fun Fact: I visited Machu Picchu when I was 11!
What made you want to work for Kuehne + Nagel?
I knew I wanted to work in Logistics after getting to know about supply chain management from my professors during my degree, but I wasn’t sure where to look for a role. As it happens, being regularly stuck in traffic on the M6 (surprise surprise!!) I had a lot of inspiration for which logistics companies to look up online. I remembered seeing the KN logo on the back of a lorry in front of me and so I when I got home I looked up the company website and was really excited about the career opportunities that KN had available. I first joined the business on a summer placement contract in Contract Logistics and I made sure to work hard and prove to my managers that I would be the best candidate for their graduate programme after I’d completed my studies – and that’s exactly what happened.
What do you enjoy most about your programme?
The rotations across the different areas of IL are great and really allow you to learn the most you can about the business and how we work with our customers – you’d never get this in a normal job. I also get lots of opportunities to work directly with our customers and to learn about their businesses and how Kuehne + Nagel add value to their supply chain.
How would you describe the training and mentoring you have received so far?
I would describe the training and mentoring as fantastic and a great feature of the programme. Each graduate is paired up with a mentor who will be with you throughout the two years of the scheme. The mentor is a senior manager in the business which makes them a great person to turn to for advice.
Additionally, opportunities to study towards your CILT qualification and learning opportunities available through the graduate workshops mean you really develop through the business during the two years.
What advice would you give to future graduates?
I think it’s important to have a good inner drive to make the most of the opportunities available and a flexibility to adapt to situations as they change.
In terms of specific skills, it can be good to be a comfortable speaker and have experience with Microsoft Office as this will put you in a good position when you start. It’s really important however to be able to work with others as teamwork is at the heart of the business.