Case study

Supply chain graduate — Lucy Holland

Lucy secured a graduate role in logistics at Sainsbury's after completing a degree in transport and logistics at the University of Huddersfield

How did you get your job as a supply chain graduate?

I attended a number of presentations from various companies which were arranged as part of the NOVUS Scheme. These sessions initially made me aware of the opportunities available at Sainsbury's, and went on to join them on my placement year.

During this time, I completed a development programme to be a warehouse team manager and spent a further six months working as part of a team on a new depot build project. I then returned to university for my final year and subsequently re-joined Sainsbury's upon graduation.

What is the work like?

In my current role I work within a team which manages, coordinates and lands change projects across the logistics division. Since joining, this has involved new depot builds, system and automation testing and providing project governance and structure on a number of projects.

What do you enjoy about your job?

For me, the best part of my job is the variety. No two days are the same and my responsibilities and work can be so varied.

In addition to this, the output of what I do is tangible - from walking around a depot I've supported in building to walking through a store, knowing that the role I play within logistics ensures and enables the shelves to be stocked.

How has your role developed?

I would say I have developed, applied and refined many of the skills I acquired through university since graduating, from organisational skills and communication skills. I have also developed new skills and technical knowledge of systems, automation, processes and operations.

How relevant is your degree to your job?

I first became interested in the logistics sector whilst studying transport economics at college and, given this interest, I was recommended by a tutor to research logistics more closely and the courses available. Given the growing skills shortage in the sector and the varied roles available, I saw a career at the end of university so applied for the transport and logistics course at the University of Huddersfield.

My degree and the NOVUS scheme helped me to build a great network very early into my career through the mentoring programme, site visits and talks. The scheme and my links to it have continued to support me in building my network and expanding my experiences since graduating from university.

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