Answered by Mike, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Friday, April 22, 2016
That's a great question. And, it's right up my alley!
I was in a similar situation not long ago. I went to school and studied Music Business. But, after 2 years working for recording studios and production companies, I realized that it was really meant to be more of a hobby for me rather than a full-time job. Like many Music majors, I ended up in retail, but really enjoyed it! Eventually, I worked my way into a training role, and realized that I found another interest in HR and Talent Acquisition. Unfortunately, my two years of retail training experience wasn't enough for companies to take a risk on me. I ended up going back to school and getting a masters degree. The Master's degree not only bought me time to pursue a more active job hunt, but I gave me the piece up paper to make me more marketable. I did have to take a contractor role for about six months after I graduated, but once I demonstrated my work ethic and knowledge, I was hired on full-time and the rest is history.
The point being - I recommend not looking at the situation as convincing or selling a business as taking a chance on you, but focusing your time and efforts on making yourself more marketable in the labor market. I know going back to school isn't necessarily fun, but it is something I might recommend to really show that you are committed to supply chain and worthy of taking on the right role. Another thing would be to take other roles that might "get your foot in the door" and offer a path for advancement into supply chain. It might be worthwhile to take roles in Customer Service or Marketing that has some limited exposure to Supply Chain or Logistics. If you perform your roles well, and do some strong internal networking, you may find someone knocking on your cubicle seeing if you'd be interested in an entry-level supply chain or logistics position.
Another option might be to do some heavy external networking with companies that combine aviation technology and supply chain. You might want to explore entry-level roles within companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, etc., that are large enough to utilize your experience, as well as have sizable supply chain functions that you might be able to explore while working there.
I hope this helps. Good luck with your job search!