It is far too often that Fleet professionals gauge their experience by the number of years they have been in the fleet industry. I would argue that experience is relative to how hungry you are. What do I mean? It’s pretty simple so let me explain.
Let’s create a make believe situation for the example, our two subjects will be Jane and John, both of which started as Fleet Managers on the same day in very similar fleets, and for the heck of it, let’s say they started 3 years, 11 months, and 17 days ago. Jane is extremely interested in progress, change, technology….not doing things the way they’ve always been done. John on the other hand is not interested in creating waves, he wants to come into work, keep everything quiet, collect a pay check, and go home. Jane, recognizing that she is pretty sharp and also values her hard working staff, realizes that attending industry trade shows is a must….and a fantastic way to grow your network. John, well, John doesn’t attend….he feels that he has a pretty good handle on stuff and he needs no improvement.
I can guarantee that Jane’s resume after nearly four years would involve a bunch of words like “developed, spearheaded, created, launched…” versus John’s that would read more like “maintained, maintained, maintained…” Being actively engaged at work and in your industry is the right combination to exponentially grow as a fleet professional, despite the length of your career.
This year’s Government Fleet Expo (GFX) was no different. The comradery of fleet professionals continues to strengthen and the willingness to share only improves as social media and technology improves. Longobart-Ross encourages you to attend fleet events, no matter if they are local, regional, or national. There is one thing you can certainly bet on, you may or may not be doing what your counterparts are doing, but what’s for sure, there is always room to do what you are doing just a bit better.