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Career Options in Transport & Logistics: Graduate

Are you a lover of all things transport related? Want to get involved organising how these complicated networks function? Or are you keen to get started in logistics now you’re out of university? Here’s a little taster of graduate level opportunities in transport and logistics…

Graduate opportunities in transport & logistics

- Graduate schemes

- Internships

Graduates have the greatest choice of roles when it comes to careers within transport and logistics.

When it comes to engineering elements of any form of transport – the vehicles and the systems that control them – and the companies that run these services, there is certainly a lot of choice for what you could do. You could be designing vehicles, or maintaining them, and there’s usually a graduate scheme out there for any of these engineering branches. So whether it’s aircraft, shipping, automobiles or trains you’re into, there should be a programme to suit.

Logistics roles can vary from supply chain management training to warehouse management or operations, as well as all of the vitally important departments that support the running and progress of the company, such as sales, marketing or finance.

Will my degree do?

You’ll be able to enter some management schemes in transport and logistics with a degree from any discipline. If you’d like to enter something like marketing or finance within this sector, you may have a significant advantage if you’ve graduated with a relevant degree in this field.

If you’re interested in transport management and planning, you’ll be in the best position for graduate roles if you have a degree in geography, town planning or engineering.

Some engineering roles may look for a Master’s degree in a relevant subject in order for you to be eligible, but this won’t be the case for everything.

Is postgraduate study necessary?

A 2:1 undergraduate degree should be enough to be eligible for the vast majority of entry level transport and logistics roles. You could still be considered by some companies with a 2:2 degree.

Specialist pilot training is involved if you want to become an airline pilot (It’s not a form of postgraduate study that will provide you with a Master’s degree or PhD). You must obtain an Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL) in order to qualify. The training for this can be incredibly expensive (around £80,000 to £90,000). Scholarships for training are out there, and can be few and far between. There are some university degrees that involve pilot training modules which will allow you to clock up the flight time up to what you need to achieve frozen ATPC. But you may still have to pay for that yourself.

If you want to work in the merchant navy you’ll have to take on specialist training too. Your fees for this could be paid for by an employer.