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How To Succeed In Transportation and Logistics: Ask The Women Of FedEx Australia

By FedEx | March 8, 2024

This International Women’s Day, four women at the forefront of transportation and logistics share expert tips and advice on building a successful career in a sector traditionally viewed as male-dominated.

The world of transportation and logistics has traditionally been viewed as male-dominated. For many women, navigating or even breaking into this industry can be challenging. However, the tide is turning – particularly at FedEx, where the advancement of gender equity is a priority.

For instance, as of 2023, 13.7% of all managers at FedEx Japan are women, exceeding the industry average of 5.2%. In Taiwan, the ratio of FedEx female employees has grown to 40%, while more than half of management at FedEx Thailand are women.

We recognize the value that everyone brings to the industry and we are taking steps to inspire a more inclusive environment for all.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked four team members who have built successful careers at FedEx Australia to share tips for those looking to break into transportation and logistics.

What inspired you to join the industry, or more specifically, FedEx?

Anna Blackman, Gateway Manager: Transport and logistics has always been a thriving sector. Even in times of economic struggle, the industry has continued to grow and innovate. You will never be bored, as no two days are ever the same. The dynamic nature of the work makes each day challenging yet fulfilling.

The industry is full of opportunities for career progression, and you can change your day-to-day environment by spending time in different locations, from office to warehouse. You’re also exposed to new technology as part of a highly motivated team that drives business forward.

Nicoleen Itao, Operations Admin: The industry offers advancement opportunities. I initially worked for TNT when it was being integrated into FedEx. I was excited about the entire integration process, and I wanted to grow with the company. I stayed because the culture values of FedEx are the same values that I advocate for.

Linda Perez, Gateway Operations Manager: For me, it’s the challenge. They say that being a female in transportation and logistics can be challenging for some women, especially in Operations. But this was never an issue for me, thanks to the teams I’ve been privileged to be a part of over the years.

It’s amazing to receive continual encouragement and support, not only from my team but from other departments I collaborate with.
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How has your professional journey at FedEx shaped you?

Anna: Having the drive and determination to start at the bottom of the ladder and work my way up is one thing I’ve been particularly proud of. Especially when I’ve been able to show the people who had doubted my abilities that I am more than capable.

Linda: When I first started, I had no experience in logistics, transport or even in leadership. During my time at FedEx, it was the on-the-job training and my willingness to learn and grow that led me to a leadership role after two years.

Nicoleen: Everyone I’ve met, in one way or another, has helped me to get to where I am today. My colleagues, supervisors, and managers have provided me with consistent mentorship support and encouragement.

Recently, I’ve met senior managers and managing directors here who have inspired me to maintain a growth mindset. I love that the FedEx culture encourages us to see that the possibilities for progression are endless. I am continuously inspired to be the best version of myself, not just at work, but in my personal life.

Christine Joyce Beltran, Engineer: As an engineer, I need to have a holistic view of every project and the opportunities for improvement. The ups and downs of a project are what develops my resilience and determination to keep improving. That’s what shapes me to be the best version of myself every day.
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What advice would you give young women looking to break into the industry?

Anna: Do it! But don’t think it will come without its challenges. Keep pushing. Have the difficult conversations. Keep asking the questions no one else wants to ask. Act with integrity in all that you do. Know that success does not happen overnight.

Believe in what you do, even if no one else does. As individuals, we have the power to change things if we have the determination to see them through.

Just because something has been done a certain way forever, it doesn’t mean it is the right way or that we can’t change it. As the saying goes, “Speak your truth, even if your voice shakes.”

Linda: Give it a go and make sure to surround yourself with positive people. Don’t give up on the first roadblock or failure. You need to learn from them to grow.

Christine: A successful career in the industry is not and should not be limited by gender. Your skills, knowledge, and determination can help shape a rewarding career in this dynamic field. Believe in yourself and your abilities.

Nicoleen: My advice for young women? There’s no reason to be intimidated. Regardless of your gender, you are capable of great achievements in the industry. Believe in your potential and always think ahead to what you want to achieve next.

Transportation and logistics is an ever-changing and rewarding environment. Commit to continuous learning and strive to give your best for every single opportunity that arises. These are the traits that will make you successful.
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