Traffix | Interview with Terri Clements
How did you find out about Traffix?
A friend who was working for a client of Traffix recommended I try Traffic Management and that Traffix were the company to approach.
What made you decide to become a Traffic Operative?
Previously, I worked trackside on repairs and maintenance for a rail company. My chances of career progression were slim, and after two years plus of continual night shifts I fancied a change of direction. After my friend’s recommendation I approached Traffix and here I am.
How did you find integrating into the world of Traffic Management?
I came from a male dominated environment working on the railway. Transitioning into Traffix was no problem; they welcomed me like I was one of their own. It’s been brilliant from the get go.
Can you describe a typical day?
I arrive at the depot for ten to six. First thing is find out what job I’m on, then load the van with the right equipment for the job and team up with my colleague for the day. We drive to the job, set it up, maintain it for the day, clear it down and then it’s back to the depot.
What element of your role do you enjoy the most?
I love all aspects of the job, but if pushed I would say the variety; no day is ever the same.
How do you see your career progressing at Traffix?
I would love to climb the career ladder at Traffix. I want to go further and get my tickets; I’d particularly like to be on the high-speed work, the thought of working on the motorway excites me. I would love to drive the IPV’s and I’d also love to do some escort driving on the wide loads.
Why do you think there are so few women in Traffic Management?
Women see it as a male dominated role. They think they’ll not be able to do the job, when in reality it’s a job that women can do.
Is there more to Traffic Management than you first thought?
Most definitely. What has surprised me the most is the scale of opportunities in Traffic Management. Traffix are willing to help you progress, if you are willing to put the work in and build a career.
What advice do you have for any women considering a career in Traffic Management?
I would say do it! There’s nothing stopping you, give it a go, if you don’t like it then you know you’ve tried. I would love to see more women in Traffic Management; it’s not just for one gender, get out there, give it a go.