The logistics and supply chain industry is hardly a glamorous one. Therefore, it isn't a big shocker that most of you wouldn’t know much about this industry.
Wouldn’t it be surprising though, if I tell you that you’ve already been a part of the industry at least once in your life. Spoiler alert: as long as you shop, the answer is yes.
What is logistics?
Logistics and supply chain management is basically the planning and management of goods, personnel and services to make sure demands are being met.
This may sound menial but you should never underestimate the importance of logistics management.
In the age of online shopping, logistics management is all the more crucial. Most online stores that operate globally rely on external logistics companies to get large masses of products delivered across the globe. It is then the duty of that logistics company to make sure Nina gets the handbag she impulsively bought and not the skirt you ordered.
Why should you pursue a career in logistics?
Judging by current trends, we doubt that e-commerce will be going away anytime soon. Therefore, it would be a smart move to pursue logistics as it is set to only grow bigger than it already is.
- Students are likely to look over logistics as a career option. This however is only good news for you! With a lack of fierce competition among students, there is an ample of job opportunities as this field goes under the radar of most students.
- Logistics is a pretty lucrative industry, and you will find it to be true as you climb up the corporate ladder in this field. The longer you serve in this industry, the higher your value becomes.
- There is also a variety of sectors you can work in. Be it pharmaceuticals or textile, each sector comes with their own unique set of challenges and solutions.
If you are an individual who is creative and practical in coming up with solutions all the while keeping a bigger picture in mind, logistics is truly for you!
Your salary will vary according to your skill, line of work and experience. As a Logistics Coordinator you will be able to earn anywhere between RM 2,086 to RM 4,704 per month. (Source: PayScale)
Here are some of the career options for your to consider in the logistics industry:
Skills needed in logistics
1. Strong numerical and analytical skills
You don’t need to be a maths whiz but having sufficient knowledge in maths will come in handy when it comes to analyzing and interpreting data trends.
Having a far-sighted vision can prove to be very valuable especially in a fast-paced industry such as logistics.
With the increased dependency on logistics companies, there is a need for more creativity in solving problems.
Anyone working in this field must be able to stay on par with competitors and adapt according to current trends.
It may be tempting to use a white lie to cover a mistake, but being honest will get you further in the industry as you build trust with others.
*requirements will vary according to respective institutions. Be sure to check with the institution of your choice for their entry requirements.
Level of Study
2 - 2.5 years
Pass in SPM or its equivalent with a minimum of 3 credits.
3 - 4 years
Pass in STPM or its equivalent with a minimum of Grade C(GP 2.0) in any 1 subject.