Great Advice for Young Professionals from Supply Chain Executives

Earlier this year, I launched Talking Logistics, a weekly online video talk show where I interview thought leaders and newsmakers in the supply chain and logistics industry. One of my goals was provide students and young professionals with an interactive platform to engage and network with industry executives.

I’ve had many great guests over the past five months, and I’ve asked many of them the same question: What advice would you give to students and young professionals interested in a supply chain and logistics career?

Watch the short clips below for some great advice from Kevin O’Meara, Eric Morley, Will O’Brien, Art Mesher, and Jim Matcham.

Then post a comment and share your advice too.

I have some great guests scheduled in the coming weeks, so mark your calendars to join me every Thursday at 12 ET on Talking Logistics to learn and network with industry executives and thought leaders. You can also click here to catch up on past episodes.

Kevin O’Meara: Be as quantitative as you can – the more you can do the mathematics of supply chain, the more you’ll understand it.

Eric Morely and Will O’Brien: Go broad as well as deep, and find an industry mentor. Follow your passion and recognize that supply chain management is about driving top-line growth too.

Art Mesher: Never stop learning. LEARN is an acronym for me: Listen, Educate, Articulate, Research, Network.

Jim Matcham: Strike a balance between going wide and going deep, and take on a big and difficult project every year.

Comments

  1. I really enjoyed listening to these interviews – thanks! Especially liked the advice (from most) to go deep and wide. Although, Mr. Matcham seemed to indicate that we should choose one or the other. I also will remember the LEARN acronym.

    As a student at the University at Buffalo’s School of Management seeking a degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Supply Chain and Operations Management, and also seeking a minor in Environmental Studies, with a core focus of Environmental Policy and Education, these interviews are invaluable!

    Thanks!
    Kyle Ephraim
    http://kyleephraim.wordpress.com

  2. I definitely agree about the LEARN acronym, particularly the element of networking.

    Any further advice on how to find a mentor?

  3. I’d be interested in the answer to the question about mentors, as well!

    Thanks again!
    Kyle Ephraim