With the value of the global digital transport market alone expected to reach $5 billion by 2020, twice what it stood at in 2015, now is a great time to be moving into logistics meaning supply chain management, transportation and shipping. Put simply, logistics is all about ensuring that supplies and products are where they need to be – when they need to be there – and it’s increasingly important for businesses, especially those involved with the transportation of goods on a global scale.
Obviously, the better all the elements of logistics can be managed, both in terms of efficiency and costs, then the easier it becomes for a company to run its supply chain, be competitive in the marketplace, and provide a better service to customers and business partners.
Supply chain management is booming
It’s a sector that has evolved greatly in recent years with the introduction of new technologies, so it has become a boom area for jobs and it’s expected that the sector will continue to expand in the coming years, both in the digital arena and by overall freight volume.
As a result, it’s also become an increasingly diverse sector in which to work. Logistic jobs are being created in every conceivable part of the supply chain, from the factory floor to distribution centres.
So why would you want to work in logistics? Well, statistics show that it is a very rewarding profession. The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) found that 79% of those working in logistics were satisfied with their jobs. And given the nature of the business, there are many opportunities for overseas travel.
When it comes to the skills you’ll need, working in logistics means a lot of liaison with suppliers, customers and other business partners, so excellent interpersonal/communication skills are essential. New technology, especially cloud-based ways of managing the supply chain means you’ll need to be tech-savvy, ideally with specialised training in some of the new digital logistics platforms. Being part of a wider supply chain, means you’ll definitely need to be a team player with good analytical skills, able to interpret patterns and trends.
The qualifications to get you there
Multi-disciplinary graduates are welcomed by most companies looking for logistics staff, but a specialised degree in logistics, transport or the supply chain will certainly give candidates an edge when it comes to getting the job they really want. A master’s degree, in particular, will provide a solid framework for a rewarding career in logistics and should help with fast progression within the industry.
Logistics might seem like a complicated job requiring a degree, but that isn’t always the case. There are plenty of entry-level roles for school leavers. Working in logistics will leave you with no shortage of career paths that could include consultant, analyst, engineer, a customer service position, inventory or supply chain manager. You could easily start in an office role and work your way up with a combination of on-the-job training, while studying for professional qualification, such as a BTEC, or as part of an apprenticeship with one of the big logistic companies.
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