The logistics sector is thriving, and it is fast becoming an area of interest for a new generation of college graduates. Logisticians populate almost every field, from retail to finance to government. In the private sector, they handle shipping, distribution, warehousing and quick deliveries to customers
Even in times of economic struggle, the logistics industry has continued to grow with jobs across the sector in everything from manual warehouse work to supply chain management.
If you have the drive and determination to start at the bottom of the ladder and work your way up, then logistics could be for you. If your mind wasn’t already made up, here are a few more reasons why logistics can provide security, stability and opportunities going forward:
1. You Will Never Be Bored
One day you might be working with a modest local start-up, the next you may be coordinating a large-scale logistics strategy with a multinational firm. It’s no exaggeration to say that no two days are the same in the logistics industry, and the dynamic nature of the work makes for a challenging and fulfilling career. There is no nine to five in the logistics arena — every day brings a new challenge and reward.
2. Opportunities For Career Progression
The logistics industry values people of all qualification levels, from truck drivers to operations managers and everything in between. Whether you’re a high school dropout or a bonafide academic, there are positions and opportunities for growth for all.
3. Not Location-Specific
As so many different industries and organizations are dependent upon logistics, taking a role in the sector can mean working in any number of locations. From an office to a factory floor or a delivery center, your daily workplace could take any form. There could also be opportunities for overseas travel through business trips to visit clients or review supply chains. Working with people from all over the world can open your eyes to new possibilities and ideas.
4. Work With New Technologies
Emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, drones and driverless vehicles are poised to revolutionize the industry in years to come. Working with cutting edge technology and being part of a highly motivated team that drives business forward is what this career is all about and it’s something I love being a part of.
5. Fulfilling Work
As a logistics manager, many people within the organization’s supply chain will be relying on you to make sure that the product is in the right place at the right time, that the transport arrives or that the right amount of stock is delivered. It is your hard work and diligence that makes everyone else’s roles possible and that can be highly fulfilling.
Breaking into the world of logistics can be simple, but first I would recommend that you gain an understanding of what part of the industry excites you. This can be done through research via the internet, contacting colleges to see what part or full-time courses are available or advice you can get from professors, attending industry trade shows or reaching out to companies that interest you. Likeminded individuals within the industry are more than happy to share experiences and challenges that they have faced while pursuing a career in logistics.
As Steve Jobs once said: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”