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IZMIR, Turkey: October 10, 2018. Speaking to students at Izmir’s Dokuz Eylül University this week, logistics industry professionals suggested the industry has many opportunities for a graduate with a good understanding of English and a willingness to work overtime.

Sharing their experiences with students were Ismail Tokaç, Aegean Region manager for Solmaz Logistics; Borusan Logistics Anatolian Regions manager Mehmet Korukluoğlu; and Alp Tuğhan, chairman of Yeditepe Transportation.

students turkey logisticsTuğhan said his company had grown from two people in 2006 to become the No.1 air cargo agent in the region for the past five years with a turnover of TLL80 million. Noting Yeditepe would always need logistics graduates, he said the key to success was “producing solutions for customers.”

Tokaç added that logistics employees have more opportunities today, noting Customs facilitation “requires a lot of responsibility” and can be a very fulfilling career with the right attitude.

Korukluoğlu pointed out that employers don’t expect logistics students to be an “incredible hardware or logistic genius” and advised students to get industry experience prior to graduation in order to realise it is not nine-to-five job.

Pegasus Airlines vice president of Cargo Aydın Alpa said his 35 years in the industry had taught him the importance of a foreign language: “Wherever you go in the world, you will have to work with English,” he noted.

Over the past four years Alpa has run a series of logistics conferences for students in partnership with several Turkish universities and has plans to continue the programme next year. Prof Okan Tuna, from Dokuz Eylul University’s Faculty for Logistics Management, said Alpa's continued support for student education was very valuable and he hoped the university cooperation would increase.

Pegasus reported a 37 percent rise in revenue for the first six months of 2018 to TLL2.9 billion and a gross profit of TLL141.5 million. Passenger traffic for the first eight months totaled 20.2 million, an increase of 11.9 percent year-on-year.

In a related announcement, FIATA and the World Customs Organization have agreed to establish joint training courses between the WCO Academy and the FIATA Logistics Academy to disseminate Customs e-learning courses.

 

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