Abstract. The aim of this study is to explore the opinions of executive managers about educational competencies of young graduates of logistics departments. The study is a phenomenological study designed according to the principles of qualitative research. The reason for choosing logistics sector is that the departments established at universities with high expectation of employment for their graduates have failed to realize this expectation. The data for the study were collected through semi-structured interview technique, which is a qualitative data collection method. The study lasted 11 months between 2018 and 2019, and the interviews were carried out with the senior executives of 8 large-scale companies. The participants of the study were given code names due to ethical concerns. The data were analyzed through content analysis technique, and it revealed three main themes; namely “Disability”, “Requirements” and “Expectations”. The opinions were later classified into subthemes under each main them. Based on these themes, suggestions were made regarding university graduate young labor force in logistics sector.
Keywords: Logistics education, educational competencies, qualitative study, phenomenology