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Shane's Overseas Experience


Shane's Story

I came across the ‘Malcolm’s Cadetship Programme’ in the Howick & Pakuranga Times while I was still working at Super Cheap Auto during what I thought was my break year after High School. I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do in ways of a career but thought that this was a good opportunity to take up.

Once I started at Malcolm’s I was not sure what I was getting myself into as I never knew anything about logistics or freighting and found the first couple of weeks a bit over whelming with all the new terminology that I was learning. As a young cadet I learned the very basics of importing and was doing all of the ‘junior jobs’ such as emptying rubbish bins, running documents around the airport area and anything else that needed to be done. As time progressed and I started to learn more and more about not only the freighting industry but also about how businesses are run, I settled in.

With the cadetship programme I was moved into different areas once my knowledge in one was at a high level – I found this sometimes rewarding but sometimes difficult as I had to start my learning all over again. Now when I look back on it all I am grateful for learning all the different areas as it has given me more transferable skills. As well as being moved around different areas to further my knowledge Don Malcolm also put me through University (part time) to earn my Certificate in Logistics and New Zealand Diploma in Management (which I am still working on).

I have now been working with Malcolm Total Logistics six years and have gained a great deal of knowledge throughout the company and gained many skills that I can take on to my future job. Don Malcolm has trusted me enough to send me to Australia on two occasions in order to further our technology and gain new ideas within our business. One of the most memorable moments during not only my time at Malcolm’s but my whole life is my contiki trip which Don paid for as part of ‘graduating’ my cadetship programme!!!!!

Overall during the ups and downs I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Malcolm Total Logistics as it has become not only my place of work but my ‘9-5 family’. I will miss working here but am pleased to take with me all the skills that I have learned.


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