Additional study can be an effective way to challenge yourself and progress your career. Here are some aspects to consider if you are thinking of studying to progress your procurement or supply chain career.
Differentiate yourself in the market
When you are applying for jobs or promotions you are likely to be sitting in a group who have very similar qualifications and years of experience. So how will you differentiate yourself to stand out against the competition? Lots of people ‘fall into’ procurement, it’s as if anyone can do it, but not many can do it really well. By advancing your education through university, short courses and through MCIPS pathways, you can set yourself apart. It can differentiate you by:
- Providing evidence of learning and how this has been applied
- Providing key business tools and procurement specific theory to underpin your experience
- Enhancing your skillset to support continuity in your career
- Showing your adaptability and curiosity to understand more, so important in today’s business world
Achieving MCIPS, for example, means you’ve attained a particular standard against a globally-recognised benchmark. It’s not just conceptual, it’s applied learning, and by attaining MCIPS your helping to play your part in enabling the profession to deliver more for sectors, supply chains and the economy by growing the awareness and understanding of what procurement is.
Specialise in an aspect you enjoy at work
There’s an opportunity to enhance your enjoyment from the additional study you choose to do for the following reasons:
- You will be more motivated to learn and develop your skill set
- It increases your job satisfaction as you integrate what you have learnt into your job
- It will identify gaps in your knowledge and skills that you can focus on in a subject you enjoy
- It demonstrates an interest in, and commitment to, your own professional development
- It provides networking opportunities with like-minded students and gains exposure to other industries.
Chat to the ArcBlue Search team to hear their view on whether additional study would help you progress your procurement or supply career to the next level, contact us.