Logistics is trucks and stuff, right?

This is a question I have been asked a lot since I started working at Ti. It seems like most people have an idea what it is, but not many people are sure. Most, for example, are aware that their clothes didn’t just happen to appear on the high street, but few are aware of the role logistics played in enabling cotton from one continent to be shipped to a second, transformed into a t-shirt, transported on to a third and then sent hundreds of miles more across a country to the store.

Perhaps it might seem a little excessive to send a t-shirt on a 10,000 mile journey, but it’s the reality of today’s world and what makes logistics a realistic career path for those ready take on its challenges. Logistics is a fundamental part of our day-to-day lives, an industry which touches billions and one in which there will never be a shortage of challenges. If t-shirts can tell us anything, it’s that working and living in a global world requires global supply chains and people ready to solve the problems that come along with that.

For me, at least, it was the opportunity to work on challenges like that which made logistics such a great career option as a recent graduate. Being motivated by taking on difficult challenges and solving problems I’ve made my way into Ti’s consultancy department where I work with Ti’s Head of Consultancy, Joel Ray. Joel’s time in logistics began in mergers and acquisitions when he took a role at a small boutique consultancy focussing on the transport and forwarding sector. His career has since grown into one dedicated to strategic consultancy and corporate development. He spent a period as strategic manager with a European Post Office and since joining Ti has been applying his expertise to assist a range of companies from different vertical sectors in the development of their logistics strategies. He has undertaken extensive travel and research in the Middle East, India and Asia, and in 2013 alone visited Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Australia, Singapore, the Philippines and a host of European countries undertaking research for Ti. Joel’s career is an example of the type open to graduates from all disciplines ready to test their skills and develop their abilities in a fast changing sector where hard work is rewarded.

This, of course, is just one of many routes you could take through the world of logistics. A range of career paths exist almost as wide as the sector itself, and that’s why an initiative like European Supply Chain Day is so important. Shining a light on the logistics industry is the best way we can show you the opportunities you can find here. For me, it’s about overcoming challenges, solving problems and helping to effect change in an industry which touches the lives of people in every country in the world. But just as importantly (and moving hastily away from the grandiose), it’s been an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in an environment where I’ve been supported and encouraged to push myself. Taken together, those two things have made logistics a great industry for me as I continue to develop my career and why I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who wants to do the same.

Graduate entry is one of many paths into the world of logistics, and Ti currently has just such opportunities. We are currently looking for a new Research team member, those interested should contact rwalter@transportintelligence.com by April 17th 2014 for more information.

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