It’s fair to assume that most millennials (those born roughly between 1980 and the year 2000) will opt for careers in technology, marketing, the creative space or some form of entrepreneurialism.
But manufacturing? Are people of that generation really going to be interested in an industry that is as old as commerce itself? Clearly, they are, because manufacturers are increasingly relying on the birth of virtual reality technology, 3D printing and robotics to tempt a tech-focussed generation through their doors. Getting more millennials into the supply chain is vital if the manufacturing sector is to continue thriving, and, thankfully, beyond the tech influences, we think there are four ways your organisation can tempt this generation.
1. They can see their hard work pay off in real results
The beauty of manufacturing is the ability to see, touch and feel the results of your hard work. Arguably, it’s somewhat addictive.
Sure, as a software developer, you can do the same, but there’s nothing quite like picking up an object you’ve helped create. That will never tire or become old-fashioned, either, and it’s something new generations risk losing touch with if they fall too deeply into the digital realm.
2. Greater skills can be developed
A career in the supply chain is no longer a linear path.
As you make your way through the manufacturing industry, you pick up new skills and techniques that enable you to forge ahead in any direction of your choosing.
There are a huge number of career opportunities within the supply chain that simply require latent talent to be discovered. Millennials are curious by nature and proactively inventive, which is why they suit the industry so well.
3. No two days are the same
Ask any manufacturer how each week pans out, and they’ll likely say the same thing; each day is different.
New challenges, evolving projects and processes that require additional skills to be developed arise each day, making a career in the supply chain incredibly exciting.
Many millennials arguably suffer from short attention spans, but with an industry as vibrant and changeable as this one, their thirst for new stuff will quickly be quenched.
4. It’s not just about manufacturing
The supply chain is as long as it is varied, but at its heart lies solid business practices.
A career in manufacturing exposes millennials to the inner workings of business. They learn how organisations operate, the challenges faced and the realities of being a commercial entity.
As we’ve already discussed, there’s a curious nature inherent within most millennials, and the ability to gain an insight into not just how products are made but how the businesses behind them remain profitable will be highly desirable.
There’s a reason manufacturing has survived decades (if not centuries) of political and economic turmoil; it knows how to reinvent itself and ensure it remains relevant and capable of delivering products that sell in large quantities.
The supply chain in particular needs millennials, and as we’ve hopefully proved in this post, there are some compelling reasons for them to jump on board.