Graduation: Now What? Is the Supply Chain Industry for You?.Transportfolio
College graduation can be both an exciting and stressful time. The overwhelming anticipation of the “real world” and the onslaught of job applications can be daunting, but it’s truly a thrilling transition with limitless possibilities. As I approached graduation, I pictured myself in a million different scenarios; however, of all the industries I imagined myself in, I can’t say supply chain was one of them.
I often wondered what post-graduation life would be like without the variety of classes and schedules that college presents. When I started at C.H. Robinson, just five weeks after finding the position on LinkedIn, I didn’t quite know what to expect. One truth I’ve discovered is that learning doesn’t stop just because you’ve left the classroom. I have learned something new every day since I started my career at C.H. Robinson, and I know that it won’t slow down.
Before joining the marketing team, the logistics of how car parts crossed the border from Mexico to the United States, or how avocados for my guacamole got from the field to my table, had never crossed my mind. Just four months into my role, and I’m having discussions around customs regulations, temperature sensitive freight, and the effect of higher rates on carrier performance. I’ve become part of an interesting, complex, and ever changing industry that impacts our everyday lives, whether we’re aware of it or not.
Here are three things I’ve come to understand about the supply chain industry since I started:
The global impact
Almost everything you touch on a daily basis has a supply chain. Whether it’s the shoes you put on in the morning, or the grapes you eat for lunch, it took a series of steps to get to the store shelf for you to purchase. Even the battery in your car has its own supply chain. Every day, goods are traveling all over the world by ship, plane, train, and truck.
The need for innovation
In order to sustain a competitive advantage, innovation is key. A successful supply chain is one that is able to adapt to changes in the marketplace by improving old processes and recognizing when there is an unmet need. During my first month at C.H. Robinson, I had the opportunity to participate in Innovation Day, an entire day dedicated to bringing new ideas to our current processes.
The importance of research and data
The logistics of a supply chain is complex, to say the least. It requires a deep dive into data and research to design a successful supply chain, and each one is unique. For example, here’s a fun fact I learned about the transportation of temperature sensitive freight.
It’s an exciting time to be in the supply chain industry and I’m eager to continue learning and growing as a young professional. How did you get your start? I would love to hear about your experience of getting involved in the industry.
To read more blog posts like this one, check out 100 Days: How Supply Chains Have Become my Life