I have about two years in the courier industry. During summer break from university, I got on with UPS in June 2006, starting as a driver. I love being a courier; cube trucks are a better co-worker than humans, I was worked into the ground, I loved the challenge and how tired I was when I came home. The lucrative direct deposits every friday was a nice touch, too. In August, I learned that earn & learn does not apply even to part time drivers, so I Went into the hub sort in September when school started back up. I hated it at first. Although co-workers and supervisors are nice and great people to be around, I busted my ass off stacking trailers, making a lower wage. I saw so much room for the operation to improve but being told "oh yeah I agree with you!", eventually realising that supervisors won't act on what I said because their hands are tied behind their back. I thought of quitting every night for the first month, but I remembered the tuition reimbursement and my self-promise to stick with this job for at least a year. One cause of the stress was that I didn't have control over my workspace; I didn't have a workspace. I didn't have a clearly defined goal other than to keep all trailers clean. This is unattainable, so I got stressed. I don't like losing. Now, I have the same assignment every night. Pick two trailers. I take real pride with my trailers. I would scan every box, even though no one else bothers scanning. I'd even key in a tracking number if the label was unscannable. I'd get when I see mis-sorts (although not at a person, it's not my place to tell them). I'd even grab a mis-sorted box from the bottom of a stack and make sure it was properly sorted. Even though someone could stack the trailer for me, I would tell them I would do it myself because I see the way the trailer is stacked at the end of the night as reflective of my performance and skill. Hell, I even tail-load smalls, one time climbing a stack to grab a bag of smalls a co-worker threw up. My co-workers just say "you're new, you'll stop believing in this company in a few months", and the employees on the sort before me give me weird looks when I clean up my work area and scan un-scanned boxes in the trailer. Eventually, my supervisor liked this and informed me of an opening. I applied for it. Everyone asks, why? I believe in this company. Yes, there are operational areas that can be run better. Yes, the corporate culture here isn't spectacular, but it could be a lot worse. Work retail or food. Plus I don't know any university students who get a free turkey at christmas, let alone their education paid for virtually unconditionally. And hey, free food every Friday night is a lot better than having to work Sundays. Yes, even if I were supervisor, I wouldn't be empowered to make my own decisions. But this regimentation is the heart of the UPS business model, and the amount of customers that we get and hold (not to mention the profits we are turning) speak louder than the opinions of PAS. UPS is surely doing something right. I feel that I can make my hub operation better. This kind of contradicts my previous view that there is limited empowerment and UPS is doing great, but there are small things that I feel can improve on that go ignored by our supervisor. I've seen this operation through the lens of a grunt, the only way I can improve on things is if they let me. I want the challenge. In past jobs, if a manager would swear or raise his voice at me, I would tell him to f'off. Our managemer does that a bit to our sup. He's not a great manager, but definately not a bad manager either. I want the challenge of working under this. I want to exceed his demanding expectations. And if I can't, all I can do is ask for his advice as to how I could have done better and improve. And if he can't provide me with advice, I'll tell him to f'off . I want something more than picking two trailers. Yes, it will suck not being able to call in sick every few months when I need to study, or I'd rather watch monday night football, but I don't want my skills to be wasted, either. I want to further advance. There are a few other things I'd like to do after university, but moving up the corporate ladder is an option I'm seriously considering. There's no way I want to advance in the operational areas, but definately on the corporate side. Go into corporate sales and advance internationally, possibly. So there you have it. The four huge reasons why I want to be a sup. And here come the obligatory comments: "on Tuesday as a teamster you were a good person, and on Wednesday you will become a supervisor and a monster", "enjoy selling your soul to the devil", and my favorite, likely from over9/5 and trickpony:" you're so young and naieve, kid."