Thinking of changing careers but don’t know where to start? Procurement professionals are in demand, now more than ever.
Procurement opportunities abound!
Whether you’re a recent graduate or mid-career professional, procurement can suit many individuals from varied backgrounds. The value that someone in a different career brings is a broad base of transferable skills and new ways of looking at things. New graduates can bring different perspectives and challenge the way that things have been done in the past.
It’s never too late to make the move into procurement so don’t let any preconceived myths hold you back.
All set to go?
Convinced you’re ready to take the plunge into procurement but not sure where to start? Ask yourself whether you’re doing the following:
1. Make sure you understand yourself and your values
This will help you to figure out what area of procurement you might like to apply yourself to or what suits your values and goals. Are you passionate about social procurement, perhaps by supporting Aboriginal or Indigenous employment, or environmental sustainability? How about playing your part in eradicating modern slavery?
2. Be deliberate about what skills you are bringing
Don’t try to be a “jack of all trades”, while it is important to demonstrate an understanding of the end-to-end process and procurement context, focus on what makes you stand out from the rest. If you’re looking to change to procurement mid-career, then highlight the transferable skills you can offer e.g., relationship management, stakeholder engagement, negotiation skills, strategy development and innovation.
3. Follow industry thought leaders.
Subscribe to procurement networks, blogs and listen to podcasts. Immerse yourself in the world of procurement to learn what challenges the sector is facing and where you can see yourself fitting in as part of the solution. You can also look at procurement job ads to see how the procurement function sells itself and what skills and requirements the market is looking for.
If you’re looking to make the move into procurement, then now is your time to shine. Don’t forget to check out our range of courses to ensure you stand out from the rest by achieving world-class procurement qualifications. Enquire about your study options today!