Tips to climb the ladder in the Supply Chain Industry
Every individual would like to work their way up to better positions in whatever industry they work in. There is always a right way to proceed when it comes to growing in one's field of expertise. Below are a few ways on how to progress in supply chain roles.
1. Assess your own skills.
Before you decide to add to your skill set you should be aware of what you can bring to the table; once you are aware of how your knowledge and skills can help your company you will be able to better narrow down the right role for you that you could then work towards. One must always be open to new opportunities as the supply chain industry is a broad line of work, and the skills that you have been sharpening would also find relevance in other aspects. Joining professional networking platforms would be ideal as it would give you a third person's opinion on your interests and clearer ways to further achieve your goals.
Socialising always has its benefits no matter what industry an individual works in. Being able to network in one's industry leads people to a successful career transition. Joining institutes such as APICS or the Institute for Supply Management will increase your exposure in the industry; one must also take advantages of social networking platforms that will connect you professionals within the industry who are willing and experienced enough to assist you and offer career advice.
3. Keeping up with the Technology.
In today's world where technology is developing in a blink of an eye being left behind will definitely be an obstacle in your career. Even if you had already spent your college years learning and developing your software and technology skills it does not mean there isn't anything new for you to learn. Staying up to date with the technology and important software programs will be the highlight of your skill set in your resume no matter where you go.
4. Shine brighter than you did before.
Sitting for an interview or even to request a promotion, you must remember that to sell not just your expertise but your general skills as well such as your people skills, listening skills, your communication skills and talent for problem-solving. Being able to rationalize and foresee the direction the industry is changing in and how you, as an individual can help your organization navigate it.
Of course, there is no fixed traditional method of succession in the supply chain industry, an individual's level on the ladder will purely depend on his or her distinctiveness and how they take the company forward.