Logistics is basically the flow of a product or service from the point of origin, to the delivery point, or client. This can include multiple businesses, corporations and companies. It may involve animals, energy, food, particles, equipment, materials, information or even liquids. Candidates within this field will work with leaders in each of their unique career paths. They will walk out with hands-on experience and may be involved in packaging, security, production, material handling, transportation, inventory, paper trails, and research or even warehousing. Many industries within this field also has to do with import and export.
Logistics is not for everyone, however there is many fields available within this career selection. Successful candidates may also get to exercise control over specified fields, aid in the integrated planning, work with monitoring and product flow and see how things in this industry comes together. In this line of business talented candidates will learn methods of achieving goals, analysis of demand. Intelligent storage methods, optimization of flow, billing solutions, securing techniques, flexibility and integration of information.
If this is for you, then find a company where you may learn, and gain the required experience so you can enter the work market prepared. Internship durations will vary in accordance to each company.
Logistics Internships Available
This field has many possible career options. Candidates who are interested in building a career within one of the mentioned fields below, or any other included within the world of logistics, may apply for such an internship if they meet all requirements as set out by the company offering an internship.
The following fields are available and more:
- RAM Logistics
- Events Logistics
- Logistics Coordinator
- Global Logistics
- Domestic Logistics
- POS Material Logistics
- After Sales Logistics
- Disposal Logistics
- Concierge Services
- Asset Control
There are many companies in this industry. Some of the following can be looked at if they have open internships available:
- Imperial Cold Logistics
- Aveng Manufacturing
- Barloworld Logistics
- Department of Transport
- Department of Public Services and Administration
Logistics Internship Requirements
Each company has their own stipulations whereby candidates will have to comply. These stipulated are only guidelines, thus candidates are urged to ensure they meet all requirements as stipulated by the company they are applying to. Most companies prefer candidates who are between 18 and 30, with no prior work experience. Candidates with disabilities are urged to apply.
However, for most positions within this field, candidates will be required to have the following:
- Candidates must be a South African citizen, with a valid ID document
- Candidate must have a certificate or degree within the field they are applying for
- Candidates must be computer literate
- Candidate must be fluent in English
- Candidate must be able to meet deadlines
- Candidates must be analytical thinkers
- Candidates must be able to multi-task easily
- Candidates must have strong communication skills
- Candidates must give great attention to detail
- Candidates must be able to work under pressure
- Candidates must be able to work as part of a team, and independently
Candidates may expect to have some of the following duties and more:
- Procedure requisitions
- Purchase requisitions
- Tender Invites
- Negotiating contracts
- Keeping records
- Producing reports
- Payment processing
- Event services
Logistics online applications are made available yearly, by a variety of companies seeking talented candidates. Some companies do prefer that candidates collect forms from their offices, and others accept e-mail submissions. Candidates will be able to gather more information regarding this process, on the webpages of the company they intend on applying to, or call their offices to find out.
Candidates are reminded to ensure applications are completed in full, and all required documentation attached before sending in their applications. All documentation must be certified copies, please do not attach your originals. It is also highly recommended to add a cover letter, along with a Curriculum Vitae.
Please remember to sign the application, include copies of all required documentation as stipulated in the application, and fill in the application completely. No late entries will be considered, so ensure you know what the closing date is, and have your application in on time.
Closing dates will depend on each company that offers internships within this field. Candidates can find out from their University Career centers about any open internships in this field, or seek current openings in newspapers and online.
Candidates who have vision, spunk and ambition in life, may fit perfectly into the world of logistics. Always pursue your dreams!