Additional study can be an effective way to challenge yourself and progress your career. Dave Nellist, NZ Regional Manager at procurement consultancy ArcBlue, talks us through some of the reasons you should consider additional study.
When you are applying for jobs or promotions you are likely to be sitting in a group who have similar qualifications and years of experience. So how will you differentiate yourself to stand out against the competition? Lots of people ‘fall into’ procurement, but not many can do it really well. Additional study is recognition of relevant and targeted study which can set you apart. It can differentiate you by:
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. By attaining MCIPS you're helping to play your part in enabling the profession to deliver more for supply chains and the economy by growing awareness and understanding of what procurement is.
It’s important you enjoy what additional study you choose to do for the following reasons:
In a recent study carried out by Robert Walters over 96% of professionals across all age groups said lifelong learning was a high priority. As a procurement professional you must constantly acquire new skills to remain relevant in the workforce. You will learn:
Dave is an experienced procurement practitioner and now a practicing consultant. He is FCIPS (Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply) qualified.
To learn more about the importance of learning and development check out our whitepaper, Generation Gaps: Mythbusting assumptions about age in the workforce.
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