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Getting ahead in your career is something that everybody wants, and for most people, the goal is to achieve a management position. However, many people believe that they have to be a certain age and have passed a certain amount of work milestones before they can be promoted to management. While that might seem true, the fact is that a manager can be anybody who is good at their job and able to handle the responsibilities.

Just because you’re a few years younger than other managers in your discipline doesn’t mean you can’t be one. When you’re ready to get to the next step, use this guide to learn how to find a senior level position in the supply chain discipline while you’re still young.

Start Early

One of the best things you can do if you want to be in a management position within a few years of getting out school, whether that’s with your BA or with an advanced degree, is to start working before graduation. That doesn’t mean you have to juggle a full time job, but it does mean getting involved in business-related activities earlier than everyone else.

Volunteer for a non-profit, join business forums or clubs and go to networking events in your field. By starting early you’ll have extra experience on your resume, and maybe some good connections, that show you’re ready for management.

Keep Learning

Even once you’re out of school and working your education isn’t over. In fact, if you want to keep moving ahead, you need to keep learning no matter what.

To do that, taking classes and reading books is ideal. Let your supervisors and people above you know that you’re taking these classes. They might pay for them and they might not, but they will know you have some knowledge above your pay grade, or are at least seeking it.

That little bit of information can go a long way when your boss is looking for the next manager or person to promote in the office.

Contact us to learn more about how to find a senior level position in the supply chain discipline.

Don Jacobson
Don Jacobson
Don Jacobson was born and raised in New York City, and graduated with a B.A. degree in Management from the City University of New York. For 10 years, Don managed Operations and Supply Chain departments for consumer products companies. He then turned his attention to supply chain recruiting and for the past 27 years, has specialized in recruiting and placing supply chain executives throughout North America. Don is certified by the National Association of Personnel Consultants. He was a Partner at Hunt Ltd., and more recently was the Founder and Managing Partner of LogiPros LLC, a logistics recruiting firm. Don is a regular contributor of topical human resource articles for DC Velocity magazine, the CSCMP Supply Chain Comment, and The WERCSheet, published by the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). He is Past President of the NY/NJ/CT chapter of WERC

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