October 31, 2010

A Career in Supply Chain?

Filed under: supplyline — Tags: — admin @ 4:52 pm

Is a career in supply chain for me? That’s a question I’ve been asked many times by students I’ve taught.
What can I tell you? It’s been great for me, I’ve lived and worked in some lovely places, I’ve had the opportunity to travel on business and see some of the world along the way and I’ve worked with some really good people.
If you’re wondering what to do or you’re thinking supply chain is a possibility for you, my advice is to go for it, try it and see what you think. Don’t look back in a few years and say “I wonder what would have happened if?”
Supply chain has been around for thousands of years and it’s not about to go away, nearly every company in the world has logistics to deal with, they have “stuff” to purchase and move around, as do government and non-government organizations.
You’ll find roles in larger companies tend to be more specialized, simply because larger organizations have a higher volume of “stuff”, giving high work content in relatively narrowly defined areas when compared to smaller companies. In a smaller company you’ll probably find yourself dealing with a wider range of tasks and you’ll probably become multi-skilled faster than people who work in large enterprises.
The pure geography of your logistics career can be a plus factor, you can target the industry sectors and companies to fit the geographic profile you want, whether you want to roam the world or stay close to home, supply chain can be a fit. I know people who’ve built rewarding careers staying in a tight geographic area and others who have successfully leveraged their opportunities to land global roles and assignments.
There are a wide variety of supply chain roles, ones to suit all personalities and styles. Do you prefer to work alone or in teams? Are you technical? Do you excel at analytical work? Are you a leader? Can you see yourself in marketing or sales?
If your answer to any of these questions is “yes” then a supply chain career is open to you.
So, what do you think?