Meet Expeditors International New Zealand employee's Jay Lee and Prasan Chan

Meet Expeditors International New Zealand at the 2020 CDES Business and Law Expo!

Jay Lee

Transcon Manager, Service Provider Manager

Did your career plans change as you studied?
I studied Finance and Economics as my major at the University of Auckland and planned to work in banking after graduation.

However, when I took Operations Management as an elective, I felt this subject was for me. Design, Manage, learn to evaluate and modify processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness were interesting topics. I knew I was going to excel in this field and it is something that I would enjoy.

This course has now led me to work in the logistics field where I can apply Operations Management’s fundamentals in actual practices.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
I see myself moving into a bigger market in 5-10 years, most likely somewhere in Asia, leading a larger team to handle freight from a wide variety of customers.

I will also be facing more complex supply chain models, and this will be a great challenge for me. Luckily I am in a company that supports us to achieve our career goals, and it drives me to work hard to follow my dreams.

How valuable was your work experience for you as a student? How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?
Every part-time job I had while I was studying was valuable. I worked as a receptionist in motels, cashier at dairies and I had few other jobs.

I learnt how each business operates throughout my part-time experience and got involved in different functional areas of the business, like operations, finance and accounting, etc.

I enjoyed communicating and building rapport with customers, processing jobs and selling products with different product margins. After getting the idea, it was easy for me to decide where I wanted to head after graduation.

Prasan Chan

Ocean Services Manager

Did your career plans change as you studied?
Definitely, my career plans changed as I studied and worked. My experience at each workplace shaped my career path.

Before uni I was interested in economics and analytics. Thus, when I entered I found a course, which suited me perfectly which mixed Business and IS (BBIM). My goal after entering the University of Auckland was to work in an analytics role in government or become a Data Analyst for a large multinational and to create models for their financial & propriety data. My major (BBIM) included, Accounting, Business papers & IS papers which really fit my requirements.

The way I ended up in freight was that I had to cover the logistics role while someone was away and it really interested me in the complexity of the supply chain. I did a certificate course in Maritime Logistics and started applying for logistics jobs.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?
I see myself mastering myself in my current field and expanding to a role, which has an overview of a market or region. I want to get back to my analytical roots and to apply what I have learned from my experience in my previous roles. Analysing complex supply chain issues that companies face these days and offering solutions to global companies is what I envision for myself.

How valuable was your internship experience for you as a student? How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?
This goal I had for myself changed as I got more roles, which leaned towards the work I wanted to do. When I was in the roles, some of them were very exciting and drove me towards my analyst position whereas others changed my mind.

My internships and summer roles at Deloitte and Lion Nathan helped me to understand the reality of the role that a DBA might play in a large corporation. This definitely helped shape my expectations and my career path, as I understood that a titled job like DBA is a lot more specialised than other roles.