How to get work experience in logistics, transport and supply chain
Do work experience to get a way in with a particular employer in logistics, transport and supply chain or simply to develop the skills most needed to work in the sector. Having examples of skills and competencies that you have developed in the logistics, transport and supply chain environment is particularly impressive to graduate employers (though it is possible to develop the same skills through work experience in other industries, extracurricular activities and part-time or temp jobs).
What types of work experience are there in logistics, transport and supply chain?
Year-long industrial placements are the most common form of work experience in logistics, transport and supply chain and they are offered by employers who take on graduates too. Summer internships are also available, though they are slightly less common than placement years.
Internships and industrial placements tend to be found with:
- third-party logistics companies
- engineering and construction firms
- car manufacturers
- consumer goods companies
- retailers and supermarkets
Get some examples of graduate employers in logistics, transport and supply chain – many of which have internship and placement opportunities.
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Who can apply for work experience in logistics, transport and supply chain?
Most opportunities are for penultimate-year students to apply to, leading to an internship or placement that takes place in the summer before your final year or as a year-long placement before your final year.
Your degree subject will matter to some employers but not others. While some employers are quite particular (asking for specific engineering disciplines or a business-related degree, for example) others will accept any mathematical or statistical degree, and others still will let you apply whatever subject you are studying – though you will need to work extra hard to convince them that you are interested in supply chain and increasing efficiency for businesses.
When do you need to apply for work experience in logistics, transport and supply chain?
The first vacancies appear in the autumn and tend to close a couple of months later; however, there are usually some vacancies still live in the new year. To make sure you don’t miss out on the internships or placements that appeal to you most, start your application as soon as the opportunity is advertised in case the employer closes applications before the deadline (this sometimes happens if they receive lots of good applications early on).
Find out what skills employers are looking for in logistics and supply chain.
How do employers recruit their interns in in logistics, transport and supply chain?
The application process will closely resemble many graduate application processes. It is likely to include a number of the following stages:
- registration to check your eligibility
- online tests
- CV and application form
- video interview
- assessment day
- face-to-face interview
How much do interns earn in logistics, transport and supply chain?
Industrial placement students could earn a salary not dissimilar to the average graduate starting salary in the UK. The biggest employers tend to pay their placement students between £16,000 and £20,000 pro rata, both for industrial placement students and summer interns.