Time to be positive: no time to dwell on negativity
I AM beginning to wonder if I am the only positive person left in the world.
We are trying to attract people to the transport and logistics industry, yet so many of those already working in the industry seem to dwell on the negatives.
If they have been in the industry for 20, 30, 40 years then there must be something they love about it or they would have left long ago.
Yes I know there are bad/negative things in the industry, I don't live in cloud cuckoo land and we campaign all the time for better conditions, better rest areas, more flexible regimes but it is still an amazing industry to work in.
So while we continue our campaigning and in some instances like rest areas, ramp up the campaigning and lobbying; let's run a parallel campaign to ramp up our image so we appeal to the next generation.
We have some outstanding young people coming up within and outside the industry, let's cultivate them and help them grow.
They will then change the way the industry is seen and we will attract more like them.
The technology in the trucks and throughout the industry in general should appeal to the younger generation and any older "tech-heads”; we need to remember that there are so many different roles in transport and logistics other than driving.
Then there are so many different driving roles with local, regional, interstate, shuttles, changeovers and even shifts that suit FIFO workers.
When you add this to all the difference freight, some specialised like livestock and dangerous goods or produce, the variety in freight specialities is deep.
So while newcomers should be aware of the negatives, let's not dwell on them. Let's talk up the positives of why we love this industry so much.
Why once we check in, we never leave.
We cannot all be addicted to diesel and the sound of Jake Brakes, there must be something else that keeps us here! I have been in the industry since 1970 and I am so lucky that I have been able to work in an industry I love for so long, that no one thinks that I have passed my use by date, that I am still having fun and love that I can still work and contribute to my industry every day.
I started out fuelling trucks out the Back of Bourke and I have enjoyed all the miles along the way! With luck, I get to travel a few more.