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7 Reasons Why a Warehousing Job is a Great Place to Launch Your Career

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Before Joe* even touched down in Canada, he knew where he wanted to work.

“I looked out the window of the airplane as we were landing in Vancouver. I saw the UPS warehouse just past the runway and I thought, I’m going to drop off my resume there!

The next day Joe was hired by UPS as a part-time Warehouse Worker, handling and sorting packages to be delivered around the Lower Mainland. Ten years later, he is now working as a Human Resources Manager, recruiting and hiring a new wave of entry-level workers who may be similarly destined for long, meaningful and sustainable careers in the warehousing and logistics industry.

Not everyone is as lucky as Joe was when it comes to getting a career in warehousing. You might wonder what accreditation you need, physical needs and what your career path could look like… Programs like YWCA Skills Max can help you assess whether warehousing is for you and prepare you for a rewarding career.

Why might a job in warehousing be a great fit for you?

  1. Jobs are Plentiful

Employment in BC’s Transportation and Warehousing industry is expected to reach 134,650 by the end of 2017. This would be a net gain of 5,750 jobs since 2012 and would represent growth of 4.5 percent from 2012 to 2017. A quick survey of popular job search engines reveals plentiful warehouse positions in the Lower Mainland. Additionally, enrolling in a program like YWCA Skills Max will connect you with warehouse managers who are eager to hire YWCA graduates.

  1. Good Money and Great Benefits for Entry-Level Work

In contrast to many entry-level positions for youth which pay minimum wage with little or no benefits, the average earnings for youth in the warehousing industry is $18.32/hr compared with the provincial average of $14.75/hr. Additionally, most warehouse positions offer benefits for their employees. UPS, for example, offers all employees—even part-time employees—a great benefits package which includes tuition credit for up to $2,000 per semester. Why not learn while you earn and accelerate your career with newly acquired skills?

  1. Low Unemployment Compared to the Provincial Average

The unemployment rate for jobs in the warehousing industry is almost half of the provincial average: 3.4% compared to 6.2%.If you want to work, you’ve got a great chance of making it in this industry.

  1. Opportunities for Growth

Just like Joe at UPS, you may start in an entry-level position, lifting, loading and sorting boxes, parcels or pallets around, but there are so many avenues for advancement in the warehousing and logistics industry. How does Shipping/Receiving, Logistics, Operator, Driving/Delivery, Accounting, Marketing, Customer Service, Management or Human Resources sound to you?

  1. Easy Entry

Whatever your level of education, experience and training, there is likely a place for you in the warehousing industry. While a high school diploma is certainly preferable, lack of that credential is by no means a deal-breaker if you present as somebody who is dedicated, motivated, reliable and reasonably physically fit (able to regularly lift 50lbs). Additional credentials such as Fork Lift certification, First Aid and Workplace Hazardous Material Identification System (WHMIS),  are relatively easy and inexpensive to acquire— particularly if you enroll in a government funded employment program like YWCA Skills Max.

  1. Flexible Work Hours

Warehouse work can vary greatly in terms of the hours of operation.

If you prefer working part-time, there’s a place for you.

If you’re a night owl, there’s a place for you.

If you prefer to work short-term contracts, there’s a place for you.

  1. Mobility—Work the World!

Many warehouse jobs are with large multi-national companies that afford their employees opportunities for movement throughout the country and potentially around the world. In today’s global market economy, your warehousing career may be your ticket to international travel.

Assuming a job in warehousing sounds better to you than flipping burgers or pouring lattes for minimum wage, what’s the best way to get your foot in the warehouse door?

YWCA Skills Max Program is a fast-track employment program to help you land a job in the warehousing industry. We offer clients four weeks of employability and life-skills workshops and six days of industry specific training including certifications in Forklift driving, Industrial First Aid, WHMIS, Fall Protection and Transportation of Dangerous Goods. When you graduate from YWCA Skills Max program you will be primed for success in the warehousing industry. Career Advisors will help you connect with employers and ensure that you put your best foot forward in your interview and— after you’re hired— as you take your first steps forward into your exciting career in warehousing.

Do you think you might want to follow in Joe’s footsteps and launch your career in the warehousing industry?

Contact YWCA Skills Max at skillsmax@ywcavan.org  | 604 605 4666

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