“I communicate daily with colleagues and customers all over Europe.”

Many young people ask themselves the same question at the end of their school days: Where should the ‘journey’ take them?  Anyone who is considering training as a specialist in freight forwarding and logistics services will learn the most important things about the everyday life of our trainee Mads Emil Good in this interview.

Mads, please introduce yourself to our readers.
I am Mads, 21 years old and am training as a specialist in freight forwarding and logistics services at the Nagel-Group in Denmark.

How did you find out about the training?
The profession of freight forwarding and logistics services specialist was already introduced at my school.  Some of my friends are also working in the logistics industry.  In logistics, no day is like the other; every day brings different challenges.  This is one reason why logistics fascinates me.  I was quickly convinced that a trainee programme as a freight forwarding specialist is what I wanted to do. I need to achieve something in my life.  The Nagel-Group supports me in following my path.

Could you describe a typical day of a prospective freight forwarding specialist at the Nagel-Group?
My working day starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.  New tasks await me every day.  This allows me to gain new insights into logistics constantly.  My training is incredibly versatile.  I communicate daily with colleagues and customers all over Europe.  At the beginning of my training, I was assigned a mentor.  He delegated tasks to me and showed me how to handle them.  The whole team makes sure that I am integrated into all processes.  By now, I even have my areas of responsibility which I work on independently.  But I know that the whole team is always available for my questions.  Teamwork is critical for us, regardless of personal initiative.

What are your plans at the Nagel-Group?
After my training, I would like to work in other Nagel-Group branches.  This will give me an even better understanding of international processes.  It would also be great to get to know all the colleagues with whom I am in close mail and telephone contact personally.  One thing I can say for sure: I would like to work for the Nagel-Group in the long term and am looking forward to my future as a trained freight forwarding specialist.

Do you have any tips for applicants or other trainees?
It is essential to ask questions if you do not understand something straight away.  And believe me, it’s perfectly normal.  Especially in the first weeks, when everything is still new and unfamiliar.  Many tasks have already become routine for your colleagues.  This can quickly make you forget that the devil is in the details.  Don’t be shy and have the courage to ask a second time.  In any case, a smile always goes a long way.  Friendliness is especially important in my vocational training.  

Thank you for the interesting interview, Mads!