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Market Good for Supply Chain Professionals

by APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE |   2013 | 0 | 0
APICS Supply Chain Management Now: Insights into weekly news and the APICS OMBOK
APICS Supply Chain Management Now: Insights into weekly news and the APICS OMBOK

The real news out of Toronto for the APICS community isn’t about that town’s embattled mayor, it’s that supply chain professionals are in high demand. According to Toronto’s Globe and Mail, the region’s logistics and supply chain education programs are experiencing growth and touting jobs available to trained professionals.

“On the first day, [Gunja Bhatt’s] accounting teacher said to students in Seneca College’s postgraduate certificate program in logistics and supply chain management that they needn’t fret. The jobs will be there.”

(A team from Seneca College, no stranger to APICS, took home third-place honors in the 2013 International Student Team Competition at APICS 2013.)

While Bhatt went into the program after graduating with a neuroscience and biodiversity degree, it’s not just young professionals seeking supply chain education. More experienced workers are looking for career security and advancement as well. For many, supply chain education brings career promise.

Supply chain as a profession expanded as computer systems evolved, says John Bottomly, the coordinator of Seneca College’s program. “Once we got integrated computer systems, coordination could become easier across countries, across time zones, and therefore companies could become global.”

Still, it’s not just about computer and other technical skills. Employers want supply chain professionals who are skilled communicators as well. The Globe and Mail reports a wide variety of employers—from retailers and distribution centers to logistics and trucking companies—seeking supply chain practitioners via career fairs.

Meeting your career potential

This drive for education isn’t limited to Canada. Here in the United States, The Manufacturing Institute launched the National Association of Manufacturers-Endorsed Skills Certification System to address the skills gap challenge and to promote a renaissance of manufacturing education across the country.

APICS is proud to be part of the system, which consists of stackable credentials that apply to all sectors of manufacturing. They are nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials that validate the skills and competencies needed to be productive and successful in manufacturing environments.

According to The Manufacturing Institute, “when used in conjunction with other criteria, such as references, interviews, and assessment of prior work experience, industry certifications validate an applicant’s readiness for work in advanced manufacturing.”

Find out how APICS certifications can help you meet your career potential. Visit apics.org/certification today.

In your experience, how are the job prospects for supply chain and operations management professionals? What skills and certifications are employers now looking for?
What advice would you give to young people considering a career in supply chain and operations management?
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