Logistics is the science of planning and optimising the delivery of goods and services, from producers right through to the end consumer. It’s getting the right product to the right place at the right time, with the right quality and price.
Today’s logistics industry needs well-organised people with excellent analytical, communication and negotiation skills. It’s a fast-growing area as people change the way they buy things, and businesses need quicker and more efficient ways to distribute their products.
Gain the knowledge, skills and experience for a career in a growing, worldwide industry or upskill your current qualifications to get ahead. When you graduate you can choose from a variety of paths including roles in warehousing, import and export, road and rail transport, and much more.
“Logistics is a fast-paced industry, so you need to think on your feet.
I’m an export air freight operator, which means I help companies export their goods to overseas markets. We work with large companies, moving many different types of products and booking space for them on airlines. Not many people know about it as a career, but if you have studied, and have the experience, you have a good chance to go far.
The lecturers at MIT were really good. They would always take the time to help you and make sure you’re up-to-date with your work."
"I am a supply planner responsible for ensuring stock availability, reduction in cost and managing supplier relationships. I work with 7 vendors across 4 countries and also manage inventory levels for South Island.
Supply chain is a vast industry with endless opportunities. It’s constantly growing, has flexible working hours and opportunities for salary increments.
I have a ton of experience in FMGC but realised I must be able to articulate the basics of supply chain and procurement to get ahead – so I took a logistics course at MIT. MIT offered the most flexible courses.
I then quickly learnt how accessible the lectures were and the support provided gave me the boost to want to perform well. I dropped out of study years back because there was no support. It was a demoting, especially when students take a huge debt.
MIT operates at a very high standard where student wellbeing is a primary concern – lecturers remember your name and ensure everyone is up to speed. The lecturers are the main attraction to this institute. They come with solid backgrounds and experience in their field of study and will not fail or give up on a student that easily. They teach you what you need to succeed, lessons are based on reality, and they care about their students and their performance.
Studying logistics at MIT is a good way to upskill your strengths and it's an accomplishment to study a course while being on the job – it shows dedication and makes you stand out from the crowd.
My current job seems easy since I learnt about it in class already. The effort you put in now will greatly be rewarded in the long run."
“My time studying with MIT’s School of Logistics was very exciting, challenging and rewarding.
As a first time international student, the staff were very welcoming and helped me settle in the new environment, new country.
All staff members have vast practical and theoretical experience in their respective subjects, which made the class interactions particularly enjoyable and interesting.
The course is designed rather practically to prepare the students to easily fit into roles they plan to pursue after graduation. Course structure, teaching techniques and assessment methods aptly prepared me for the next phases of my career.
Overall the various papers provide an invaluable insight into the supply chain industry while enabling me to learn and also challenge the status quo as a part of the assessments.
The staff are approachable and very helpful. The course also provides students with an opportunity for networking within the wider industry.
A great experience and the right program that helped me secure a good role in a global organisation.”
"Prior to studying at MIT, I was working at a supermarket which I wasn't satisfied with. I wanted to do something different so I chose to study logistics at MIT.
This course gave me such a high level of logistics and freight forwarding knowledge, and made me ready to step into the industry.
My time at MIT was really great and our lecturers were always supportive. They always helped by going the extra mile to give me answers to my questions – even if it was during their break-times or home-time – staff and lecturers were always happy to help.
I thank MIT for giving me both the knowledge and a qualification which helped me step into the industry with so much confidence.
Today, I can say is I am successfully working in logistics and freight forwarding industry because of my education at MIT.
Five stars to MIT and highly recommended."
“I want to further my career, I am quite ambitious when it comes to what I want. If I’m not satisfied with where I am currently, I will take the extra step to go further.
What I enjoy about MIT is flexibility, especially around my kids. It enables me study, have a full-time job, and be a full-time mum as well.
MIT is giving me that formal qualification to back up my skills and knowledge. The advice I would give to someone looking at studying logistics is that if you want it, go for it, there is nothing holding you back if you want it.”
“Logistics is how a product gets from A to B. Everything that you are wearing today, all of the food that you eat – a logistics company has gotten that to you. I wanted to know what happens to a product before it gets to your door. I knew a little, but I wanted to know all of the ins and outs, so I chose to study supply chain management at MIT.
You make friends, you get to learn about new things, and you develop. There is nothing better than that. It is very fulfilling and no day is the same.
My recommendation to you is – just do it. The logistics world is so wide that you can go on to do anything.”
“International logistics is so important for the world economy and MIT has provided me the opportunity to understand this particular subject from experienced professors that have been in the industry for many years.
The lecturers are really amazing, the professors are really helpful and approachable, and through my time at MIT I have learned so much that I am ready to step up in the industry with so much confidence, and also holding my formal qualification.
Thank you, MIT. I really love you.”
“Logistics to me is an industry that is always changing. MIT gives me the chance to learn from people who have worked in the industry for many years. The lecturers are awesome, they are really willing to help you, they are keen to share their experiences, and give you a better understanding of what’s to come.
I enjoy studying at MIT because they offer a range of ways to study - I can do it part-time or I can do it full-time and they make it easy.”
“I was in the tourism industry, which has been badly affected by the pandemic. I decided to study International Logistics, an essential and growing industry with various roles and opportunities for new learners.
MIT was recommended to me because of the flexibility and quality of lecturers, and I found that it was true – MIT offered great flexibility and support, and lecturers were so helpful too.
I studied full-time online while working part-time and looking after my child. All classes were recorded so I could study when it suited me. While I studied online by myself at home, I never felt alone or left behind because lecturers and classmates were on Microsoft Teams. I could choose to see them on live chat class or to study later using recorded materials.
The field trip to Port of Tauranga was a great experience. I could see what was happening at various parts of the port, which helped my learning later on. Also, as an online student, I appreciated the opportunity to meet lecturers and classmates face-to-face.
All lecturers have worked in the industry so they shared useful skills and interesting stories that are not in the text books. What I learnt were very practical, such as costing, communicating, creating documents etc. The knowledge I gained at MIT now helps me at my workplace. The most important was that I understood what my colleagues were doing and talking about on my first day of work.
The diploma has been valued by my employer as it covers broad knowledge in freight forwarding."
“12 years ago, I graduated with a diploma in shipping and freight from MIT and have been working in the logistics industry ever since. I wanted to upskill so chose MIT again.
The students come from many different backgrounds. The lecturers are great, and they support us even during weekends. I liked the fact that we could do online study in the evening – it is so good for people who are working and juggling family life.
My MIT qualification helped me get into my current job. After I graduated, I was offered a job in the shipping industry straight away.”
Sylvia Susanti Natahardja
“When I was asked in an interview if I have done any further studies despite 11 years of experience, I had said no. I do not want that to happen again.
MIT offered what I was looking for, and the location made it more ideal as I work and stay in South Auckland.
At MIT you gain practical knowledge and as well as a qualification. Studying was a total refresher of what I was doing at work and it has changed my views. It has enhanced my knowledge and benefitted me financially. I now have a different approach to work, import and export with laws, cost savings, and delivery of items.
I loved the approach of the tutors and lecturers as they were very experienced. The flexibility in studying was so great as I have a family and work. This has encouraged me to study more and enrol for other courses which will enable me be a logistics manager in the near future, and will help me financially as well."
"To new students...
Get into the course and get your studies going as this industry has boomed. Without this industry we would be stuck. Covid has made all people realise that without the logistics industry nothing can be shipped or moved physically from country to another.
The course work is to a standard where a new student who has zero experience will start liking to study. The teaching environment and students are of mixed ethnicity and age. We share our experiences in class and offer assistance to the new students.
It is never late."