The first year in the Mainfreight Graduate Program
5 Minutes with... JULIAN WALLBRIDGE
Supporting excellence and fostering future leaders is vital for our business and that's why we are committed to developing the Mainfreight team for tomorrow.
Our Graduate Program aims to attract, develop and retain graduates who are committed to becoming future leaders of our business. Julian Wallbridge joined the Melbourne Air and Ocean team in 2013 along with 5 other graduates - he sits down to let us know how it is going.
What were your first impressions of Mainfreight?
From my first phone interview there was a massive emphasis on family and culture, this was reinforced during my first face to face interview. I remember walking up the stairs at Melrose Drive and coming face to face with the floor to ceiling 3 pillars of Mainfreight. I was led through a huge open plan office and sat down for a chat with Steve Thorogood - Australian Air and Ocean General Manager. In other businesses I would have been sitting with a HR person that isn’t really a part of the day to day operation but at Mainfreight it is the guy that runs the whole show.
8 months later, how have these impressions measured up?
It’s great, everyone has been really awesome. The graduate program rotates roles every six months. I think this is a good period of time to get to know a role and I can already see how at the end of my rotations I am going to have a really in depth and rounded knowledge of operations.
We are very proud of our “promoting from within”, where do you see your Mainfreight career heading?
I would like to get a good knowledge of operations and then move into an account management role. I like setting and achieving targets and constantly pushing myself to be better and I see account management as a good avenue to test those skills.
I’ve heard that you sometimes chat to your team members in Portuguese, is this true?
It sure is. Tatiana from our account management team is from Brazil so whenever we chat it is in Portuguese. I did a year of studying in Salvador, Brazil and lived with a host family and there was very little English spoken, lucky I am a quick learner. I have been back to Brazil 6 times and my girlfriend is from there so we speak Portuguese at home.
So if you were to have us over for dinner, would you cook something Brazilian?
I wouldn’t cook. I would order a pizza.