Shaping the Next Generation of Logistics Professionals

Forget what you’ve heard about the millennial generation being less motivated than previous generations. According to the editor of Inbound Logistics magazine, Felecia Stratton, there is plenty of enthusiasm among young people about establishing a supply chain career.

She said that reviewing applications for the Inbound Logistics/APICs scholarship demonstrated to her that there is a vast pool of bright and thoughtful students who are eager to break into the field. She noted that more young people in general are showing up at industry conferences, and more women in particular are showing interest in logistics careers.

According to Stratton, many students are focusing on the supply chain because they feel it enables them to make a real difference in the world. A lot of these young people are switching over from career paths with fewer opportunities, such as social services and law. She points to the examples of a recent intern at the magazine and the winner of the scholarship, both of whom she feels have a very bright future given not only their intelligence and willingness to learn but also their strong drive.

It’s Never Too Early to Start Mentoring

It’s no secret that the logistics industry is going to have a lot of positions to fill as the current crop of professionals reaches retirement age, so what can be done to attract more of these motivated and intelligent young people to the field? Stratton suggests that companies establish supply chain internship programs or expand their current offerings. She also recommends that current professionals pass on the knowledge gleaned from their extensive experience to the next generation before they retire.

Even those experts that are not reaching retirement age just yet can start mentoring. It’s never too early to start passing your knowledge along and helping to shape young minds as they work their way up the ladder, particularly when those young people are so driven and eager to join the fray.

This blog post was based off of an article from Inbound Logistics. View the original here.