I had just graduated with a degree in Political Science and a minor in East Asian Studies. Driving home from college on graduation day, I realized that I didn’t want to go to graduate school even though I had already been accepted. But my degree was in Political Science, so what job could I possibly be qualified for???? It was the early 90s and times were tough. I took a job as a temp worker in a local warehouse. It is the same warehouse that I work in today!
If you are willing to learn, the warehouse can be a great start to a career. You have the opportunity to learn about inventory, creating processes, improving processes, productivity, technology, automation, people management, cost containment, freight and shipping, importing, exporting, quality controls, etc and they are all skills that can be leveraged in most any position.
I was able to take what I learned in the warehouse as a temp, and get a job in the catalog call center because I was familiar with the product. Then because I was familiar with the product, the DC process, and now the catalog systems, I was able to get a position in the Inventory Control dept. After two years there, I was able to get a position being the DC catalog fulfillment supervisor because of the knowledge that I had gained. I worked my way up in the DC and was excited to be part of learning how a warehouse management system worked. I moved over to IT for a while since I had spent some much time working in systems. After a few years, the DC wanted me to come back and work with them. So I went back to the DC and took the bulk of my IT responsibilities with me.
Nothing that I learned in any of my jobs was useless or wasted. It all led to exactly where I am today and I wouldn’t change a thing.
I love working with the warehouse and working with systems. Every day is different and always challenging. What I do makes a difference – even if my family doesn’t quite understand what I do!