Transport and Logistics School Leaver Jobs - Careers Guide

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Welcome to a career that uses your keen planning instincts, common sense and travel knowledge for one of the most essential jobs in the country.Transport and Logistics

Transport and logistics involves getting things from one place to another in the most efficient and cost-effective way. They make sure they're in the right place at the right time and in the best condition, all at the lowest cost. This applies to businesses that get their products into shops, ready to sell (that bag of crisps you bought today came a long way), as well as services people use to travel (like the bus you took into town).

What’s it all about? TOP ^

You'll often see transport and logistics linked when it comes to finding jobs, but the two are slightly different. Logistics involves keeping things moving along during an entire manufacturing process - finding the goods, storing materials, producing the item, and getting it to customers. They'll work with people on the transport side, who keep things moving over land, air and sea.

This sector is largely home to small to middle-sized companies working independently, although it is possible to join a major employer such as a Virgin Trains or National Express.

Working hours can vary in this industry - you may end up working shifts rather than standard 9-5. A lot of factors can affect how you get your job done, from fuel costs to technological developments, so expect change throughout your career.

What will I earn? TOP ^

Starting salaries for graduates range from £15,000-£18,000, which can increase to over £20,000 with experience. Those who work in maintenance or driving positions can start off with a salary around £12,000-£14,000, but this too can go up to £20,000 as you move into higher roles.

Where can I work? TOP ^

People from all different educational backgrounds can find a way into this industry, though it does help to have a degree or job-specific qualification to get you started.

Graduate training schemes are fairly common in this industry, particularly as there are a variety of degrees that apply to different areas of transport and logistics. While some programmes specifically ask for people with engineering degrees, it doesn't always matter what you've studied to get into some management opportunities as long as you've got good grades. Companies will often visit careers fairs, so you can speak to representatives there to find out exactly what they're looking for.

You could work in local government and transport authorities, or, if you decide to go for logistics, in planning and manufacturing for businesses.

What skills will I need in transport and logistics? TOP ^

For jobs in transport and logistics, you need to be quick-thinking, resourceful, and have great planning and organisational skills. You'll need to be as good at managing a project as you are at managing people, and have a work ethic that doesn't accept anything but the best.

Working in logistics and transport requires a large number of general skills, whichever of the many varied careers you choose to pursue. They include:

An awareness of the built environment and how supply chain and transport can be ethical and green for all those involved is increasingly important.

What entry level transport and logistics jobs can I do? TOP ^

Entry level jobs in transport and logistics range from working as a bus or tube drive to working in manufacturing making sure shops receive their goods on time. This is a wide-ranging and fast-moving sector, which is open to school leavers.

Some entry level transport and logistics jobs include:

  • Marketing executive
  • Transport planner
  • Logistics and distribution assistant
  • Driver
  • Passenger transport executive
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