A Supply Chain Certificate: The Gift that Keeps On Giving

A Supply Chain Certificate: The Gift that Keeps On Giving

A supply chain management certificate is one way of increasing the talent pool, while at the same time increasing the attractiveness of a supply chain career.

As the holiday season approaches and many of us receive gift certificates to our favorite stores or restaurants, it might be worth considering another type of certificate that really packs a punch, at least in terms of your career and income potential: a supply chain management certificate.

At Lehigh University, where I teach, we have a very popular Supply Chain Management Certificate Program. Ours has been around for a while, but in recent times, similar programs seem to be popping up all over the place.

For example, a recent Wall Street Journal article entitled, “MIT to Add ‘Micro-Masters’ Program for Supply-Chain Management Certificate program” mentions that their program is intended to boost the school’s pool of logistics students as companies say a talent shortage is growing, and hiring qualified professionals in the field is increasingly difficult.

According to a survey by SCM World, a supply chain talent development firm, 43% of supply chain executives surveyed believe it is more difficult to hire supply chain talent in 2014, compared with 37% in 2013 and 22% in 2011.

So it should be no surprise that a supply chain management certificate is one way of increasing the talent pool, while at the same time increasing the attractiveness of a supply chain career.

So as we near the year end and start thinking of the year(s) ahead, maybe it’s time to consider a different kind of gift certificate, one that you can give to yourself: a supply chain management certificate.

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