Should those working in the TSL (transportation-freight forwarding-logistics) industry have a degree in the field? Do Polish universities have a rich offer for students wishing to explore specialized knowledge in this field? Currently, the TSL industry is growing rapidly, with more and more people finding employment within it – from blue-collar workers to engineers and managers. Companies have more and more modern technologies and equipment at their disposal, the transport infrastructure is getting denser, and there is also an increasing emphasis on pro-environmental measures and environmental protection. All this means that the TSL industry is seeing a steady increase in demand for employees, including those with high qualifications.
Poland’s higher education system
There are more than 400 public and non-public universities in our country and the entire education system is based on a three-tier study structure.
To become a student of the first degree program of a given university, one must have a high school diploma and pass the admission process, according to the rules and guidelines of the institution. First-degree studies usually last three or four years, ending with a bachelor’s, engineer’s or equivalent degree. Second-degree studies are an option for those who have completed the first degree. They last from one and a half to two years, and upon completion, one obtains a master’s, engineering or equivalent degree. You can also choose to offer a unified master’s degree, lasting from four and a half to six years, after the completion of which the student obtains a master’s, master’s engineer or equivalent degree.
Third-degree studies, on the other hand, are offered to those with a master’s degree or equivalent. They can be conducted by a university or an authorized research unit, and after graduation the student gains a doctoral degree in a specific scientific field.
Choosing a field of study related to the TSL industry
Education in the fields of study related to the TSL industry can take place in many areas. Before choosing a course of study, you should think about which of them will be of most interest to you. If you want to focus on logistics and transportation processes, choose majors and business specializations that focus their content around the work of procurement and logistics of companies, as well as shipping and transportation services. When you are interested in transportation and logistics infrastructure itself, you will have to choose technical specialties, related to construction. With a passion for creating technologies and tools related to the automation and operation of logistics processes themselves, you will need to focus on studies in robotics, mechatronics, electronics or computer science related to programming, or digital technologies.
Direction of study – logistics and freight forwarding
Many universities offer a major in Logistics and Freight Forwarding. The curriculum of such studies includes many subjects related to modern logistics systems and supply chain management. Study programs of this type are often created in cooperation with business partners (large companies), which means that they are created in response to the real demand of employers for specific competencies and technical skills of potential employees. During the course of study, great emphasis is placed on knowledge of economics, management and commodity science.
Logistics majors in Poland
As the industries in which logistics is used are growing rapidly, logistics and freight forwarding studies themselves are very popular. Universities have an increasingly diverse and wide range of choices for education in this field. Here are some of the logistics majors offered by Polish universities:
- Security in transport, forwarding and logistics.
- International trade.
- Logistics engineering.
- Engineering of electric and hybrid vehicles.
- Engineering of means of transportation.
- Transportation and logistics engineering.
- Logistics and media administration.
- Logistics and freight forwarding.
- International logistics.
- Logistics in the agri-food sector.
- Aviation and aerospace.
- Automobiles and safety in transportation.
- International forwarding.
- Means of transportation and logistics.
- Transportation and logistics.
- Transportation and freight forwarding.
- Rail transportation.
- Logistics and supply chain management.
Graduates of studies related to the TSL industry will find employment in logistics centers, transport and forwarding companies, warehouses, consulting and advisory companies. The TSL sector is constantly developing, which means that the demand for employees, including those with high qualifications, will continue to grow. It is worth keeping this in mind when choosing a course of study and planning your career.