Pursuing a Career in Logistics: Study Choice Motives and Career Expectations


Major trends, such as digitalization and sustainability, are shaping the future of logistics. As a consequence, qualifications required in the professional field will significantly change, and the demand for logistics professionals with a graduate degree will generally increase. At the same time, the industry has to cope with a skills shortage. A sufficient number of well-educated logistics specialists is essential to master future challenges in the logistics industry. An understanding of the motives for choosing a logistics degree program is an essential basis for effective actions to promote studies and careers in logistics. Therefore, in this work, we explore logistics students’ study choice motives. Based on the results, implications for the logistics industry, higher education institutions, and other relevant stakeholders are discussed.
An existing model has been adapted to the specific situation of logistics programs at universities of applied sciences. On this basis, a survey among students of a bachelor and a master program in logistics was carried out at an Austrian university of applied sciences. Findings suggest that understanding study choice motives is a multidimensional problem that requires considering a wide range of motives. In conclusion, the motives identified by this work provide a starting point for designing measures to arouse interest in logistics.

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Sandra Eitler, University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna, Austria
Reinhold Schodl, University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna, Austria

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Conference: ACE2023
Stream: Higher education

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Eitler S., & Schodl R. (2024) Pursuing a Career in Logistics: Study Choice Motives and Career Expectations ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-5892.2024.138
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-5892.2024.138

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