A year in Chile changed the plans for William Troughton, deugro
Having a career path planned out early enables many to have a roadmap of skills and experiences they need to acquire on the journey towards a dream future job. William Troughton has such a plan in place, before a year in Chile changed everything.
“Prior to entering logistics, I had planned to study anthropology, however after an exchange year abroad in Chile, plans changed, which took me down a path of studying international business. From there, I started with an Australian freight forwarder focusing on exports and urgent domestic airfreight,” says Troughton, who is currently project manager for deugro Australia team.
The ever-changing environment of the project and logistics space provides constant challenges and problems to overcome. This ensures that no two days are ever the same and that the job is constantly providing new and exciting adventures.
“One week, I could be working from the office, the next week, I could be attending vessel discharges, performing route surveys, and visiting project sites all week. This dynamic nature of the role is what I enjoy the most. Furthermore, the chance to collaborate with subcontractors, clients and colleagues across the globe as part of the project solutions we provide,” Troughton tells Project Cargo Journal.
Since entering the industry, like many, he highlighted the large-scale use of online meetings software, i.e. Teams, Webex or similar. “This has been a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which severely restricted face-to-face meetings for a long period. This has really changed how we conduct or are involved in pre-op meetings, post-op meetings, sales calls, progress meetings, to name just a few,” says Troughton.