Case study

Inspired by great opportunities in Logistics

A high graduate employment rate across the Logistics sector inspired Sunnah Habib’s decision to study Logistics and Supply Chain Management at University. And she joined our BSc (Hons) in Derby because of the number of opportunities we offer, including regular fieldtrips and placements

Vast number of jobs available

Before starting University, Sunnah didn’t know much about the Logistics and Supply Chain industry. She had always enjoyed business at school and, when searching for a degree in business, she came across Logistics and was impressed by the high graduate employment rate.

She explains: “I knew I wanted to work in business, but I wasn’t sure what. I hadn’t studied logistics before so I didn’t know much about it, but I was intrigued by the high employment rates and the vast number of jobs available.”

Sunnah chose BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of Derby because of the opportunities available. We have a partnership with NOVUS – an organisation operating under the umbrella of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). NOVUS creates a bridge that connects Logistics degrees to real life job opportunities and much more.

“NOVUS has opened doors to exciting employer-led opportunities, including guest lectures, professional mentoring, industry visits, summer placements and industrial placement years.”

Practical experience

She successfully secured a paid placement through NOVUS with logistics firm Wincanton, working on its B&Q contract. She worked as a Development Analyst and learned technical skills. She also spent time in the Operations Team to gain experience within the different functions in a warehouse. During the year, she has gained the practical experience needed to give her a head start in her career.

“This placement has been an incredible journey and has already benefited my long-term career goals,” she explains. “The more you want to learn and build your skills, the more doors you open up for progression. NOVUS prides itself on seeing potential within students and providing the tools to help us grow.”

We are one of a handful of universities offering the NOVUS Lite scheme. This scheme is sponsored by companies such as DHL, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Arla. Its aim is to give students the tools they need for a successful logistics career. It also provides employers with a steady stream of high-calibre graduates who can hit the ground running.

Sunnah says: “This placement has been a massive benefit to my personal and professional development and I really believe that this experience has given me an excellent platform to secure a graduate role at the end of my studies.”

Sunnah Habib talks about her NOVUS placement with Wincanton

Hands-on learning

The University of Derby have excellent industry links and relatively small class sizes. This means students can benefit from meaningful interaction with employers at every stage of their course.

“During one of my second year modules, I spent one day per week in the workplace,” explains Sunnah. “I not only gained a better understanding of logistics but also explored how it interfaces with the other key functions of an organisation.” 

Every module of our BSc features at least one site visit per year. The recent schedule has included visits to Great Bear, John Lewis, Ted Baker, Palletforce, Screwfix, Sainsbury, CEVA and Amazon.

“During my course, I have been to a number of different warehouses, including Palletforce, World JCB and Superdry,” Sunnah explains. “I have benefited from the course by learning theory that I have been apply to the real world, by seeing how logistics actually works during these company visits.

“It has been a great experience learning from passionate and supportive lecturers across all modules on my course. I have learned a lot and they offer valuable lessons from their own personal experiences.”

Career plans

While at NOVUS, Sunnah developed a network of contacts and was asked to present at the Richmond Supply Chain Forum, an annual event for supply chain professionals.

“It was a pleasure to be asked to present at the forum,” she says. “It really took me out of my comfort zone as I had never done anything like it before. But the feeling of accomplishing it was so rewarding. I also managed to talk face to face and get career guidance from industry experts, who are all highly supportive to students.”

After graduating, Sunnah would like to work in the humanitarian logistics sector. She would like to experience a variety of roles and responsibilities in the field then progress with the one that she enjoys the most.

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