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AWARENESS
he said. "This gives students graduating from our program a lot
of confidence and peace of mind in their final semester as they
prepare to transition from student to professional."

Value in Mentoring
Chambers believes meaningful internships as well as
mentoring are the best ways to get students excited about
intermodal and keep them in the industry. Whenever interns
and new hires come to TTX, she said, there is company-wide
encouragement.
"I take mentoring and development very seriously, making
sure that everyone gets involved in every aspect of the business,"

Chambers added. That means developing presentation skills,
building business acumen and making sure everyone's skill set
improves by constantly rotating them to different tasks in the
department.
The experts stressed additional facets of the student
transition into the workplace.
From the company perspective, Hertwig said, "Practical
experience is of great value, but in many cases, hiring students
just out of school allows a company to train them their way."
Internships once again are leading to job offers, Stewart said,
as companies "fall all over themselves" to hire students with a
transportation and logistics background after a dropoff during
years when the economy was weaker.
The path to an intermodal position often is circuitous, another
expert said.
"While logistics is an increasingly
popular career path for college grads, I
do not see a ton of graduates entering
the industry with a specific intermodal
focus," said Saffro. "Most graduates will
steer towards a traditional truckload
brokerage and learn the customer or
carrier sales side of the business. The
larger brokerages have created robust
training programs that allow them to hire
inexperienced candidates and train them
in-house."
Once individuals gain experience
in the industry (generally through
brokerage), they will start to develop
expertise, Saffro added, directing them
toward a more specialized career in
intermodal or other parts of the industry.

Intermodal's Unique
Opportunities
Another important part of attracting
students to intermodal is differentiation.
"The intermodal industry offers a
unique set of opportunities that many
jobs in logistics (or elsewhere) may
not," Chambers said. "Intermodal relies
on efficient and effective partnerships
across multiple transportation modes
to be successful. I believe students
would like the idea of being a part of an
interconnected global transportation
partnership."
"Instead of competing against
every other programmer, engineering
or tech guru, they can add value to an
organization at a much faster rate,"
Chambers added.
Finding intermodal talent also can
involve casting a wide net to embrace
fields such as information technology
and engineering, she said.
Along with all the other components,

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Insights - May/June 2018

IANA News
Operations & Maintenance Business Meeting 2018 Recap: Creating the Future of Intermodal
Intermodal Is on a Positive Path in 2018
Chassis Market’s Evolution Blends Promise, Challenges
Identifying the Missing Link in Chassis Maintenance
ELD Mandate Lessons: Opportunity, Compliance, Tech Issues
ELD Mandate Effect: Opportunity Beckons for Intermodal
Ocean Carrier Realignments Trigger Significant Change for Intermodal
Freight Report
Build Awareness of Intermodal to Attract Job Candidates
3PLs Adopt Technology to Enhance Customer Relationships
As Technology Changes Business Relationships, Personalization Still Matters
Voice of the Shipper
Government News
New Members
People News
Intermodal Calendar
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Insights - May/June 2018 - IANA News
Insights - May/June 2018 - Operations & Maintenance Business Meeting 2018 Recap: Creating the Future of Intermodal
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Insights - May/June 2018 - Intermodal Is on a Positive Path in 2018
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Insights - May/June 2018 - Chassis Market’s Evolution Blends Promise, Challenges
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Insights - May/June 2018 - Identifying the Missing Link in Chassis Maintenance
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