Freddie Allan – DFDS

Company: DFDS

Role: Graduate Management Trainee

Finding the right graduate placement can be a difficult tax – something Freddie knows all too well.

“When you are looking for grad-schemes you see a lot of bad job adverts that ask for unrealistic levels of work experience.”

But when he found a role in logistics, he liked the way the opportunity was advertised. It suited his attitude, and his skillset.

“This job advert was all about whether you have the raw skills and personality to make the job your own.”

He didn’t really know what the job was going to entail at the outset, but it certainly felt like a good connection. He liked the people he met during the recruitment process, and admired the positivity and energy of the business.

Freddie freely admits logistics isn’t always easy to explain to outsiders. His previous role in Border Compliance could draw some blank looks, though a placement in warehousing is a little more familiar. He has learnt one significant lesson though.

“It is essential to be able to connect with different types of people and to be willing to ask questions. The people you work with are your most valuable resource when starting out in this industry, so it is vital that you make the most of them.”