Careers in transport vary and you can find opportunities in air, rail, road and shipping.
- Prospects – transport and logistics
- TARGETjobs – logistics, transport and supply chain
- The guide to careers in logistics and transport - from CILT UK
- Careers that Move - careers in passenger transport and travel
- The Job Crowd - Graduate Insights: The Transport Sector
- CILT UK - careers in aviation
- Royal Aeronautical Society - careers in aerospace and aviation
- CTC Wings - aviation careers and sponsored pilot training
- Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) – information on air traffic careers
- The Honourable Company of Air Pilots - pilot careers
CILT UK looks at careers in rail transport.
CILT UK also provides information about careers in the bus and coach industry.
CILT UK gives careers in travel planning and sustainable transport information.
Soucres of news include Transport Xtra and World Cargo News.
For the aviation industry, read:
Digital Ship looks at maritime IT developments.
These represent people working in the sector, providing training and networking opportunities. They often provide careers support for students and graduates.
They also provide development for people already working in the sector. Follow them on LinkedIn, or visit their websites for news, contacts, work experience and vacancies.
The main professional associations for this sector include:
- The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK)(CILT UK)
- Institute of Transport Administration (IoTA)
- Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT)
- British International Freight Association (BIFA) – trade association
- Freight Transport Association (FTA)
- Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
- Royal Aeronautical Society
- Guild Of Air Traffic Control Officers (GATCO)
- The Honourable Company of Air Pilots
- British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA)
- British Helicopter Advisory Board (BHAB)
- The Institution of Railway Operators
- Rail Freight Group (RFG)
- Young Railway Professionals – includes list of professional bodies
- Railway Study Association
- Institution of Highways and Transportation
- The Highways Agency
- Road Haulage Association (RHA)
- BVRLA - trade body for the vehicle rental and leasing sector
- Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS)
- UK Chamber of Shipping
- Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB)
- The Nautical Institute
- Associated British Ports
- British Marine Federation
- International Harbour Master Association (IHMA)
- People 1st - Sector Skills Council covering passenger transport
- Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) - research, consultancy and product testing for all aspects of transport
- Transport Research Foundation
- Transport Planning Society (TPS) – includes careers section
Making contacts can be helpful for success in this sector. Some jobs in this field come through networking and speculative applications. You could start with:
- Graduate Connections – graduates happy to give you advice about the kind of work they do
- social media, particularly LinkedIn and Twitter, which is useful for making contacts, finding employers and opportunities
- Newcastle alumni on LinkedIn – find out what they did after graduation and contact them for advice
- Career Mentoring – mentoring programme for Newcastle University students
Recruitment fairs, open days, talks and events give insight and opportunities to make contacts.
Regular events for this sector include Employer presentations.
You may also be interested in Logistics, Engineering or Armed Forces, Law Enforcement and Public Protection.
Or see our other occupational pages for more options.
Roles & Skills
The following job profiles include descriptions of typical duties, entry requirements and case studies.
Air cabin crew
- Careers in Aerospace
- British Air Line Pilots Association (BALPA) - how to become a pilot
- The Guardian: High flyers videocast
Air traffic controller
- Careers in Aerospace
- CAA - includes approved training organisations
- The Guardian: How do I become an Air Traffic Controller?
Merchant Navy officer
Passenger transport manager
Port/harbour operations manager
- Port Skills and Safety - port operations manager
- Seavision - port manager case study
- Seavision - deputy harbourmaster case study
- The Guardian: How do I become a harbourmaster?
- Maritime Skills Alliance
Tall ship captain
Skills employers look for
Employers in this sector look for skills including:
- communication, interpersonal and team working skills
- an ability to work well under pressure and remain calm in challenging situations
- high levels of concentration
- time management, planning and organisation
- problem solving, decision making and using initiative
- leadership and people management
Many larger companies in the transport sector will offer opportunities for work experience, including summer internships or year placements.
Internships and placements
Examples of transport organisations offering advertised work experience include:
TARGETjobs Logistics, transport and supply chain lists more internship and placement schemes.
Also see Internships, placements & shadowing for more advertised opportunities.
Finding work experience
For work experience in smaller companies, or specific areas of work, try contacting companies or individuals working in the sector.
Be clear about why you are writing to them and what you’re looking for. Show your enthusiasm for the sector and highlight any relevant skills.
Don’t give up if you don’t get a reply – follow up with a phone call or email to show that you’re keen.
You can search for local companies who may offer work experience in the North East Graduate Directory.
More resources to find companies are in Finding Jobs.
Competition is strong, especially for entry-level positions. Use the following resources to find advertised vacancies and also research employers for speculative applications.
- CILT UK: Logistics and Transport jobs
- Jobs in Transport
- Careers Service Vacancies Online - search under logistics and transport
- TARGETjobs – Logistics, transport and supply chain
- Totaljobs.com – transport jobs
- Milkround: Logistics & Transport jobs and schemes for graduates
- Careers-Guide.com – transport and logistics jobs by region
- NATS - UK provider of air traffic control services
British Marine Federation: Jobs and All cruise jobs give details of posts in shipping.
Specialist recruitment agencies
CIHT Jobs specialise in transport roles while Red Recruit cover shipping and freight.
Not all jobs are advertised. You could also approach companies or find work through networking in the industry.
Find companies that interest you and get in touch, always with a named contact. Be specific about why you are writing to them and what you’re looking for.
Show your enthusiasm for the sector and highlight any relevant skills. Don’t give up if you don’t get a reply – follow up with a phone call or email to show you’re keen.
The Royal Aeronautical Society has lists of UK:
The British International Freight Association has a member directory.
- Careers at sea - shipping and ship management companies
- British Port Association - member directory
- The Chamber of Shipping - companies in the shipping industry
- United Kingdom Major Ports Group - list of members
- Ship Safe Training Group – member companies
See Finding a graduate job for more vacancy sources.