You might already be aware that without the logistics and supply chain industry the world as we know it would come to a grinding halt. We need it to bring goods to our shops, raw materials to our manufacturers...and aid to people we're trying to help.
What you might not know, however, is that the logistics and supply chain industry can also offer amazing opportunities for graduates. Following a course like the Logistics & Supply Chain Management BSc at the University of Huddersfield can lead to a career that really goes places, in more ways than one. We got together with industry experts NOVUS to pick out five reasons to train for the chain...
1 – A guaranteed job at the end of your course
Yes, you read that right. Graduates of the NOVUS-backed course at the university of Huddersfield are guaranteed a job with one of the blue-chip companies who support the degree programme. Do well on your placement, bag yourself a 2:1 or higher and pass the professional qualifications that form part of the course, and you'll be all set to start your career.
According to figures from NOVUS, some 18% of new grads are unemployed on graduation. For their supply chain and logistics grads, it's 0%. You can find out how to join them here.
2 – Training from industry leaders
You're going to be much more prepared to work within an industry if you're learning from the people at the top of it. With a course like the NOVUS degree, that's just what you'll get: the programme is supported by some very big names, including Sainsbury's, DHL, M&S and Network Rail.
It's a win-win for you and employers: you'll know that the content of your course has been designed to give you exactly the skills you'll need, and they'll know they're getting the right people. “Logistics is an essential part of Sainsbury’s overall business,” according to one of the Sainsbury's team. “The NOVUS offer will make a long term difference to the quality of recruitment into our supply chain and logistics teams over the next decade.”
3 – A work placement as part of your degree
Theory is important, but in an industry like supply chain and logistics you'll also need to know how to apply it in the real world. That's where placements come in, and on courses like the NOVUS degree programme at Huddersfield they're built in from the start. (Find out more here.)
You'll get paid placements during holidays and in your third year of study, so you'll know exactly what it's like to work in the industry and develop your professional skills. You'll end your placements with a much better idea of the industry you're going into – and with money in the bank, too. Always good.
4 – An interesting and varied career
As you'd expect from an industry that moves everything from bottled water to balloons, there's a lot of variety in a supply chain and logistics career. Take Cummins, for example, another Founder Sponsor of the NOVUS degree programme. They create, produce and distribute engines for vehicles including trains and tanks, operate in 190 countries and had sales of $17.3 billion in 2012.
“With a broad international reach, Cummins can offer an exciting career environment for graduates to develop and grow allowing them the opportunity to work in different sectors of the business and gain a diverse range of skills and experiences,” says one of their team. But wherever you choose to work, you'll be involved in helping the world keep moving – which is an exciting idea in itself.
5 – You'll hit the ground running
Degrees like the NOVUS programme at Huddersfield are designed to break the Catch-22 situation of needing experience to get a job, but needing a job to get experience. You'll graduate with plenty of workplace experience from your placements; professional qualifications accredited by industry body the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport; and knowledge gained from mentoring by industry professionals throughout your training.
In other words, you'll be ready to join the workforce and start making a difference right from the start. Sound good? Just visit the NOVUS site to find out more.
You can ask us some more detailed questions right here in The Student Room this week by going to our Q&A page
Or you can talk to us face to face in the Career Zone at some of the upcoming UCAS Higher Education Conventions. Visit us at Manchester Central Arena (11 – 12 March), the University of the West of England (26 – 27 March), the National Hall at Olympia in London (2 – 4 April), the University of Liverpool (11 – 12 June), Leeds Metropolitan University (18 – 19 June), Sheffield Motor Point Arena (20 June), or the University of Birmingham (3 – 4 July). Check out this link for full details