In a previous post, we outlined the nature of working in the logistics industry.
As mentioned, the industry involves planning and implementing various tasks that can be applicable across many economic sectors.
According to the Economic Planning Unit, the logistics industry is the backbone for the global supply chain, and plays a crucial role in spurring activities that enhance business efficiency and boost economic growth.
Logistics course at tertiary institutions
The National Defence University of Malaysia (UPNM), a university that offers foundation in logistics and diploma in logistics management, has for the record up to 96 percent of its students having found employment upon graduation.
This demonstrates that possessing an educational background in logistics gives graduates an added advantage in the job market, as many large-scale organisations seek creative, innovative and productive talents who can navigate the complexity of the field.
Other universities that offer courses in logistics aside from UPNM include Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL).
Pursuing an education in logistics enables students to have a broader and better understanding of the logistics business, including industrial supplies, external relations, warehousing, transportation, distribution and many other areas.
Such understanding is essential for them when they eventually become part of the field to achieve the highest standards in the productivity and quality of an organisation’s production or service delivery process.
Logistics careers in Malaysia
A search on jobs related to logistics at JobStreet and you’ll find thousands of positions available across Malaysia.
Over there, you can also discover career insights on various logistics roles, such as logistics assistant, logistics officer, logistics specialists and logistics manager, whether in Malaysia overall or in specific states.
It’s worth knowing that graduates looking to be experts in logistics don’t necessarily need to find work in the logistics industry itself.
For example, while many might assume the need for more engineers in oil and gas, there is also a demand for logistics talents in the field, considering that oil and gas are major energy and economic resources for Malaysia.
In fact, logistically wise, the field involves having the knowledge and skills in international supply chain management, project management, oil rig movement/resupply, and warehouse solutions, among others.
Needless to say, logistics graduates should expand their career options to industries that are looking for those with their capability, be they online retail, courier, freight shipping, manufacturing, agriculture, tourism or numerous others.
The most important thing is to have the interest, adaptability and foresight required to excel as logistics experts, as well as the comprehension to communicate complicated technical aspects of supply chain to non-technical colleagues and customers clearly.
Furthermore, given the fast-paced nature of logistics, logistics graduates will need to prepare themselves to work under pressure and be able to respond to new situations as calmly as they can.
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