How do I get a graduate job in logistics and transport?
There are loads of different graduate roles available but the competition can be fierce: among a group of graduate employers surveyed in 2017, transport and logistics companies had the highest number of applications per vacancy (greater competition than for graduate vacancies at investment banks and IT and telecoms businesses).*
After reading this article you may also want to:
- get the basics on logistics and supply chain careers.
- find out what graduate careers in transport involve.
Who employs graduates in logistics, transport and supply chain?
Most graduates enter logistics, transport and supply chain-related roles via a management training scheme with large companies such as DHL and Morrisons.
Employers tend to fall into three broad categories: third-party logistics companies; other employers supply chain or logistics functions such as supermarkets; and transport planning employers.
At the end of your training you will be given the opportunity to express your preferred area of work – this could be in warehouse or transport management or within procurement and supply chain, for example. Your career progression will be enhanced if you remain as flexible as possible, particularly with regards to working location. Being willing to put in the extra hours can help too, as logistics is a 24-hour operation.
Where can I find a job?
Your careers service may also be advertising vacancies and you should check employer websites to find out when they open applications to graduates.
What skills do I need to work in logistics, transport or supply chain?
Some roles will require specific degree disciplines, such as business or logistics, but there are opportunities for graduates from all degree backgrounds. If you’re an able decision-maker, can handle a lot of responsibility early on and have excellent analytical and people skills, a career in this field could be right up your street. If you are interested in the environment and sustainability, you could really make an impact.
How do I apply?
For big employers in logistics, transport and supply chain, the application process will probably involve an online application form and may include a round of psychometric tests.
If you are successful, you will be invited to an interview or, most likely, an assessment day with other candidates.
What is the typical graduate pay in logistics, transport and supply chain?
According to the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport, the starting salary for graduate trainees is typically £18,000. You may come across higher starting salaries with big graduate recruiters. Royal Mail’s logistics management graduate programme offers a starting salary of £26,000, for example.
*According to the ISE 2017 annual survey.