I was at the barber recently. I frequent a traditional, old fashioned, neighborhood barbershop, the kind of a place where conversations veer all over the place and the barbers dispense advice on all sorts of life matters. On this particular morning, a young male customer was there after having earned just enough money from a temporary gig to afford a haircut. But, he was trying to determine his next career step, to find more permanent work with a pathway to a career that would earn him a living and a decent way of life.
The barbers were full of helpful advice, from ideas on which sectors to enter, to training and apprenticeship programs. It was impressive. We’re no barber but we offered a few contacts and information for the young man to find the right training to set him on the right path to a fulfilling and prosperous career.
Now we’re not saying your Center of Excellence is the local barbershop for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management, but the Center provides a pretty good fade on supply chain training programs and have all the buzz on what’s going on in the global trade world. Today’s premier of our new newsletter, The Chain, is but one way we are working to inform and connect education, training and industry to help the global trade and supply chain sector continue to thrive.
Each quarter, we will highlight trends in the industry, put a spotlight on students and faculty, keep you up to date on upcoming events and generally inform you on noteworthy happenings in both the global trade and supply chain sector and your Center’s efforts to support it.
As you’ll learn in an upcoming edition of The Chain, there are more jobs in supply chain than even in the aerospace sector. And the wages in the sector are high and increasing at a faster level than the national average. That means there are lots of opportunities for Washingtonians in global trade and supply chain management.
That customer in the chair next to you at the barbershop? There’s a good chance she works in global trade and supply chain management. She is certainly affected by the sector.
Look for The Chain Newsletter to continue to tell you how and why, and to continue to connect students, education and industry!
–Sam Kaplan, Director, Center of Excellence for Global Trade & Supply Chain Management, Highline Community College