A Career in Industrial Distribution: Part 3

A Career in Industrial Distribution: Part 3

It’s pretty easy to find out how to become a doctor, lawyer, teacher or even a construction worker. But how do you learn more about jobs in the industrial distribution space? Your first thought is most likely to resort to a search engine, but where should you go to learn about specific career opportunities and companies in this industry?

Online Resources

One of the best known groups for career resources in industrial distribution is the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA). The organization’s career segment, Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP), is focused solely on introducing career opportunities in industrial distribution to the world. Individuals who possess the desire to pursue careers in this industry can learn more about positions available within several different distribution companies. The ICP also offers videos showcasing available types of positions, resume writing assistance and career fair information. If you’re a student or a recent graduate, the ICP offers a great deal of information for entry-level roles. These types of roles offer an excellent way to get your foot in the door with a company in the industrial distribution sector.

Networking

If you want to take your search offline, try networking with current employees in the industrial distribution space. Employees are the best way to learn about opportunities that may be available at your dream company and they can tell you everything you need to know about what it takes to join this industry. They also can help guide you to find the ideal role to further your career.

In order to determine if a company or role is right for you, ask questions like:

  • What is it like working at ABC Industrial Distribution Company?
  • How long have you been working in the industry?
  • What types of positions are ideal for someone with X skill set?
  • What are the opportunities for advancement if I follow a certain career path?
  • Is additional training/education needed for roles within this organization?

Career Fairs

University and Public Career Fairs are great opportunities for networking and learning more about major players in the industry. You can find out more about career fairs in your local area by doing a quick internet search, browsing social media sites such as LinkedIn, industry magazines, joining community organizations and checking school job boards. By connecting with a local university or technical college, you can find several resources to help you move in the right direction.

There are several different ways to learn about this industry, and it’s important to just dive into your search. Find someone who works in the industry or ask your school’s career services center to supply you with some contacts. Asking questions is going to be the best way to learn about the right fit for your skillset and career goals. Once you join a strong company, the opportunities are endless.

For a complete listing of careers at Kaman Industrial Technologies, please click here.

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