What advice would you give to someone entering your industry?

Editorial Team
Editorial Team

To round off each issue, we ask our contributing business leaders for their views on the same question: “What advice would you give to someone entering your industry?”

Phil Liggett, Vice President and General Manager, Canada’s Wonderland

“An amusement park career can be very rewarding. While it is true that it can be a demanding, busy environment with a lot of weekend and evening work, it also offers many rewards. It often happens that people start in this industry as students, spending their days making lifelong friends in a fun environment often compared to summer camp. The chance to develop marketable and transferable skills in supervision, leadership and many different disciplines make it a great investment in their career development. Hearing about their positive experiences and fond memories of friends and fun are a frequent reminder of what I love about this business.”

Jason Childs, President and CEO, Saltchuk Marine

“Try it! It’s a great industry filled with interesting and occasionally eclectic people. You’ll never get bored working in the maritime industry, because it’s a huge market that is constantly changing and creating new opportunities. There is a lot of tradition that should be respected alongside a desire to improve. Many people in the industry have a natural curiosity and an adventurous spirit that leads to innovation and improvement.”

Jeff McCorstin, President of Global Freight Forwarding, UPS Supply Chain Solutions®  

“Buckle your seatbelt! It is quite a ride. If you are looking for something routine and boring, you have looked in the wrong industry. If you are looking for something ever-changing that requires agility, innovation, being future-focused, and executing day in, day out on behalf of your customers then you have found the right place.”

Robbie Laney, CCO, Magnolia River

“The industry is going into such an interesting time. It beckons for people interested in challenging the status quo and advancing energy infrastructure’s next evolution. As far as the personal characteristics needed, I think Patrick Lencioni summarized it best in his book, The Ideal Team Player, when he described the ideal candidate as “Hungry, Humble, and Smart”.”  

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