What is the LOGISTICS industry? What do LOGISTICS graduates do?

In recent years, Logistics and Supply Chain Management (i.e. Logistics) is a name that is frequently mentioned as one of the fastest-growing industries in the country.

Currently, there are about 3,000 logistics enterprises in Vietnam and it is expected that by 2030, the demand for logistics human resources will be over 200,000 people. In Ho Chi Minh City alone, the Center of Forecasting Manpower Needs and Labor Market Information in Ho Chi Minh City released the survey results for the period of 2020 – 2025, the general human demand for all industries in Ho Chi Minh City is forecasted to have about approx. 310,000 – 330,000 jobs. In which, the Logistics industry accounts for 5%, which means that Ho Chi Minh City needs about 15,000 human resources each year for this industry. However, there is still a serious shortage of high-quality human resources that meet the requirements of this industry. This is a ‘fertile land’ for young people to plant promising career seeds for themselves.

If you are interested in this extremely “hot” major but still do not understand what the Logistics industry is and what to do after graduation, find the answer right away in this article!

What is Logistics?

Logistics is the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the movement and storage of raw materials, in-process goods, finished goods, and related information from raw material procurement to logistics. when consumed, in order to satisfy consumer demand.

In other words, Logistics is a part of the supply chain. In particular, Logistics will aim for optimization in the following stages: Planning, implementing, controlling the movement of goods, services, and information in both directions, from producer to consumer and the opposite side. Specific activities of Logistics: import and export freight operations, fleet management, warehousing, raw materials, order fulfillment, inventory management, supply and demand planning. In addition, sourcing of input materials, production planning, product packaging, customer service are also part of the logistics industry.

Because of the increasingly competitive nature of this industry, companies must continuously improve and pay attention to all factors of quantity, quality, time, and price of services.

What do Logistics majors do after graduation?

According to preliminary statistics, out of a total of 3000 logistics service providers across the country, more than 1,000 are located in Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City Department of Planning and Investment estimates that on average, one logistics company is licensed to operate or add logistics functions every week. With the heat of the industry in the present time and for many years to come, believe that job opportunities will always be open to welcome new human resources.

When you just graduated, you can work for Logistics service companies, import-export businesses, transportation services, forwarding … in many departments with suitable expertise such as customer service, logistics, etc. Material supply, accounting, international business, marketing, exploitation, planning…

You may end up in popular positions in the industry, such as:

– Warehouse operation

– Business

– License

– Port Operation

– Purchase

– Delivery

– Operations

– Customs

– International payments

– Customer service

After a period of effective working and showing your capabilities, you can be promoted to the position of manager, team leader, sales leader, market surveyor, planner…

Once you have accumulated enough experience and built your network of partners, you may want to start up, set up, and run your own company…

So, what to do to be able to confidently enter this profession, which “thirsts” for personnel?

The first and most important step is that you need to equip yourself with enough skills and professional knowledge by participating in prestigious training programs in the country, you can refer to famous Logistics training schools:

+ In Ho Chi Minh City: University of Transport of Ho Chi Minh City, Foreign Trade University campus II, International University, RMIT University, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, University of Finance – Marketing, College of External Economics, …

+ In Hanoi: Vietnam Maritime University, University of Commerce, National Economics University, University of Transport, Hanoi Foreign Trade University, ….

Or you can go further by participating in an international joint program in Logistics such as: Joint Program in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (University of Transport, Ho Chi Minh City in association with National Maritime University). and the Korean Ocean), Port Management and Logistics (Ho Chi Minh City University of Transport in association with Tongmyong University of Korea), …. These are the pioneering programs across the country in cooperation with foreign countries for training, which have the following advantages:

– Dynamic learning environment, international qualifications;

– Language advantage when learning with 100% English;

– The training program is selected with many specialized subjects, constantly updating knowledge (especially international logistics knowledge), teacher-led classes with 100% English, lecturers with good expertise, professional experience

– Combining with practice by practical experience sessions, internships at enterprises, seaports, warehouses, …;

– Experiencing studying abroad in just a short time (last 2 years), cost savings, valuable scholarships … this is an opportunity for students to access new knowledge and skills from studying abroad;

– Graduating from the program holds the key to deciding the future with important positions in the Logistics industry and related industries.

See more information about the programs here.

Hope that this article provides you with useful information, helping you to have an overview of the Logistics industry: activities in the industry, job opportunities as well as training programs that can help you set your first steady step on the path of your career development.