“Work keeps you going”
From apprentices to those with considerably more experience, TRAC prides itself on a team that provides the most effective, efficient service around. Storeman John “Jock” Rae is an integral part of the efficient reputation.
You made quite a career change when you joined TRAC – tell us more
Absolutely – the oil and gas industry was entirely new to me when I joined TRAC. Prior to that, my working life for agricultural and I spent 31 years as Farm Superintendent at the Scottish Agricultural College in Aberdeen.
I was born and bred in Bucksburn, so not a million miles away from TRAC’s Aberdeen base, and when I took early retirement 15 years ago (I’m now 72), I was approached by members of the TRAC management team to join the company as a Storeman. I’m so glad I said yes. I’ve watched the company evolve from just six staff to something on an altogether different scale and I’m delighted to have been a part of that.
What does your average week look like?
Until the age of 70, I worked four days per week. Now I’m in three days and on those, I organise the efficient management of delivered materials, as well as ensuring that we’re shipping everything out in an organised, timely fashion. People outside work have asked me before, “why do you keep working?” The answer is job satisfaction!
As someone who’s had a long career elsewhere, what makes TRAC special to you?
As I mentioned before, I’ve seen this company grow – but it’s always stayed true to its roots as a real community. The company understands how important its staff members are and makes huge efforts to make sure we enjoy our work. For example, I think it’s brilliant that provisions are delivered to the company every week, which encourage us to live by the “Health Working Lives” ethos. We celebrated our 15th and 20th anniversaries as a whole company, and things like that make a huge difference.
We’re a close team, but I’m particularly close to Project Manager John Sim, who showed me the ropes back in 2004 and really helped me to realise how much I would enjoy working at TRAC.
Any advice for those who are approaching retirement but not ready to stop working?
I truly believe that work keeps you going, both mentally and physically. Personally, I am inspired by Stan, who at 80, spends two mornings a week working at TRAC. Now that’s impressive. Also – make sure you retain your existing interests. After a career in agriculture, cattle are a real passion of mine. Working at TRAC, I’ve been given the flexibility of part time hours to enjoy working, whilst continuing to attend auctions and buy cattle. I can’t think of a better combination!