Logistics and transport: career FAQs
Graduate careers in logistics and transport: getting a job, applications, working life and salaries.
How can I get a job in logistics and transport?
Graduate programmes for logistics jobs are available both in-house and through specialist logistics service providers. Although programmes vary in content, they generally involve rotating between departments such as transport, freight forwarding and warehousing. Graduate roles typically involve exposure to material planning, customer services, inventory management, transportation and material flow.
Graduate programmes are also available for jobs in transport.
What are the different areas of work?
What qualifications and skills do I need to work in logistics and transport?
Key skills for working in logistics include a results focus, initiative, flexibility, self-motivation, and a commercial understanding of how IT facilitates supply chain management. Accuracy, attention to detail and excellent organisational, problem solving and planning skills are also required. Interpersonal skills are crucial, as a significant part of the role involves liaising with suppliers and customers. While graduates from all disciplines will be considered, a second language can be an advantage.
Transport managers need a comprehensive understanding of the local and international air freight, road freight and ocean career market. Key skills include strong planning and organisational ability, the ability to work effectively to tight deadlines, problem solving and negotiation skills. While specific transport degrees do exist, a degree in any discipline is generally acceptable for entry to graduate programmes in transport management.
What are the opportunities for professional development?
Many organisations will encourage transport professionals to gain the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).