How to start in procurement industry
I am interested in beginning a career in the procurement industry. I have a BA in political science and I'm currently getting an MSc in economic governance. How can I get an internship (and eventually a full-time job) at a procurement company? More specifically, as someone who's background is not very relevant, what hard skills do I have to teach myself to make myself as competitive as possible? Any helpful advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
Hi Mohammad, I would advise keep your eyes peeled for procurement graduate opportunities within organisations. I know many private sector organisations offer such positions on a fixed term basis and can even offer to start you off on your CIPS studies. I know some Public Sector funded consortia's sometimes have similar openings. I would recommend becoming a member of CIPS and take advantage of some of the training they offer as this can also help you stand out against other candidates when going for such roles. Shows a commitment to pursuing a career in procurement. I hope that helps.
Hi Mohammad, It would be more helpful if you could define your target role in a procurement firm. I'll give you an example. I wanted to work as a digital marketer. So, I landed a role in a procurement firm, but as a digital marketer. The "thing" here is that I wanted to work as a digital marketer only.
I definitely agree with Michael, as I have heard about CIPS. So, I would suggest that you choose a role and then start looking for opportunities. Yes, in the beginning, you will start at the bottom, but if you are really enthusiastic, you may very well reach the top of the pyramid. Regarding the background, it does not matter very much. Just a keen sense of how supply and demand work in an organization may really help you for those interview questions. Hope this answers your question a bit.