Alexandra from the USA
Could you tell us a little bit about your background?
I come from the US, where I worked for eight years prior to returning to school in 2020. Prior to Lund, I also have a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science from MIT. I also work as an intern with the UN World Food Programme.”
What is your experience of your studies in the programme?
“I have learned a lot of practical, awesome things during my studies in the programme. I’ve learned so many quantitative and qualitative aspects of supply chain management – from better production management to multi-echelon inventory level optimization, warehouse management, and business change process. Most importantly, these are all very practical courses that I know will come in handy when I finally start working in the supply chain field after graduation.
One great aspect of the programme is being able to work on projects in groups, where my classmates and I help each other understand difficult concepts and work through the challenges together. I don’t think I would have learned as much working on assignments on my own.”
What career path are you aiming for after having graduated?
“My goal is to work in humanitarian logistics once I graduate, for example in the UN World Food Programme (UN WFP), or the International Red Cross. Currently, I am interning with the UN WFP, assisting the Kenya office with compiling the WFP country strategy plan, which is allowing me to start applying a lot of what I’ve learned already in the programme.
For instance, I am currently working on a strategy that focuses on all aspects of the supply chain: Procurement, transport, warehouse and storage, and inventory management. Although I don't need to know all the specifics of how to manage a warehouse at WFP, understanding what I learned from the warehousing course in my first year helped me immensely to not only understand what I'm looking at but also to ask the right questions about operations. Or for example, understanding the general procurement process learned in the industrial purchasing course allowed me to better understand the overall procurement process at WFP from the very beginning so I could dive into greater detail with my colleagues."
Is there something you want to share with the students that are thinking of applying to this programme?
“The demand for supply chain and logistics professionals is not going to slow down. If you like solving problems and challenges, this is the programme and field for you. As the world changes rapidly around us, there has never been a better time to enter the logistics and supply chain field.”
What do you like about Lund and the University/LTH (Faculty of Engineering)?
“At LTH, I really enjoy the thought and care that many professors put into designing the classes and the assignments. They are challenging but really interesting and ultimately very rewarding. I also really enjoy the diversity of the student body at Lund University - there are so many students from all corners of the world! It really helped me open my mind to so many different perspectives and made me see that really anything is possible if you work towards it. In Lund, I love the summertime here –the town organises so many events for all residents, and has so many lovely parks to enjoy long evenings in.”