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Study hard, get a degree and enter the job market. Climb the corporate ladder or start your own business, and see your salary grow and your prospects improve. That is the theory, the dream, the blueprint, which has been imprinted into Namibians. Sadly, it isn’t so easy, so linear or so definite.
Also, a lot of knowledge needs to be picked up along the way - knowledge they didn’t give you as part of your initial degree.
This all sounds rather challenging, and as if you don’t really have a chance. But, how do you manage and control your own personal development?
When working in an accounting, human resources or a manufacturing position, for example, what is good is it to acquire extra knowledge in a field you know little or nothing about. Take logistics for example.
The bedrock of almost any organisation is logistics. Without the movement of goods or services that the organisation produces, the whole company collapses. This movement of goods has to be carried out as smoothly and as efficiently as possible.
The accounting department demands it from a budgetary point of view, marketing needs it as a unique selling proposition and HR requires it, as there’s only a fixed number of people to move the goods.
So, swiftly, efficiently, economically and effectively, moving goods is the name of the game. This is where logistics shines. Taking a short course, to understand the flow of goods and how logistics impacts every facet of a business, is highly recommended, to advance your career.
When you’re working a fulltime job, it’s hard to commit to fulltime studying, and a fully-fledged degree in logistics might be a bridge too far. Extra courses need to fit into your work schedule and your busy life.
Before deciding to take additional logistics courses, you need to decide how much time you really have to devote to studying. Remember, you need to sleep as well.
Completing the course you start successfully is what it’s all about. This is where the Namibian-German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) offers the perfect solution, with their short courses.
Logistics is taught through understanding processes, theory, and especially best practises and case studies. These short courses are especially geared to teach in this way. As a centre of the Namibia University of Science of Technology (NUST), and facilitated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the NGCL courses are certified, and give the necessary boost in logistics knowledge, to those that need to further their careers.
These courses provide something called Continuous Professional Development, something that in the ever-changing and dynamic world we all need to be aware of and embrace.
If you’re going to invest time in career advancement, especially here in Namibia, it is important to ensure you sign up to a Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) recognised course. Spending your or the company’s hard-earned money on courses needs to be worth it.
It also helps to sign up for courses that receive industry recognition. Ideally, you want to graduate with a certificate or other qualification, widely recognised in your industry. The NGCL works together with industry logistics leaders, to offer courses that are tailor-made for the industry, and therefore useful in practical working life.
Talk to people in human resources at your organisation about how you can reach the next promotional level, through understanding logistics.
Whether you’re looking to brush up your skills, apply for a promotion or embark on a total career change, a logistics short course, or a fully-fledged logistics degree, can help you reach your goals. A qualification in logistics really gets your career moving.