With Grand Valley State University grad and Clark Logic professional, Tara Anis.
Grand Valley State University (GVSU)
Advertising, B.B.S. ’17
Dispatch, Clark Logic
FROM POINT A TO POINT B AND BEYOND
At Clark Logic, we provide logistical and supply-chain solutions for our clients. My job is to coordinate the company’s truck shipments. I schedule our semi-trucks and their drivers, ensuring everything makes it to its destination efficiently. We haul pallets for all kinds of different companies. We ship beer for Founders [Brewing Company], and we also do a lot of recycling. If you recycle any cans or cardboard, chances are, it’s me making sure it ends up in the right place.
IT’S ALL IN THE TIMING
Obviously, staying organized is critical. This job has made me an expert in time-management. When I’m drafting my delivery schedule, it’s a lot like putting puzzle pieces together, especially when we have last-minute bookings. I always have my shipments planned out from the night prior, so my six drivers know where they’re going before they get in.
In college, I studied advertising, and learning effective communication skills turned out to be critical. My drivers call me when they secure their trailers and get rolling, and I touch base with them throughout the day. Customers also email or call to tell me they need something moved right away, so I’ll have to reshuffle the schedule and contact available drivers to make it happen. The job requires a lot of communication, a lot of emails, and a lot of engaging with people.
FROM COLLEGE TO CAREER
Transitioning from college life to office life was hard at first, but I got used to it. I work directly with [our dispatcher], who has taken me under his wing. He used to be a truck driver and has been in the business for ten years. When I started, I didn’t know much about trucking, so he has taught me everything. I have to say that everyone here is super friendly and fun to work with. I think the people you surround yourself with make the job.
KEEP ON TRUCKING
I have two siblings who are going to be graduating college soon, and they’ve been asking me about how to find jobs. I tell them to have an open mind—you’re not going to ace every interview, and you have to be ready to hear “no” once in a while. But in the end, it’s all okay; every experience is a stepping stone to a career you’re passionate about.
It’s essential to find time for yourself because you need an outlet for stress. I try to get to the gym every day, and I get outside whenever I can. I love living in Michigan because I can find something to do for each season. In the winter, I love to go snowboarding at Timber Ridge [Ski Area]. I also bought a kayak last year, so when it’s nice outside, I head to the river.