• Jordan Early 28/07/2015 06:13PM

    In Recruitment

    If you were 25 again, would you follow the same career path?

    Tom Derry, the CEO of ISM, recently told Procurious in an interview; "If I was 25 again, I couldn’t think of a field that I would personally find more fascinating than a corporate career in procurement and supply chain."

    Tom went on the detail the multitude of opportunities that lie within the function. You can read more about it here http://tinyurl.com/p8n64cj.

    But, what I'd like to know is: Given your time again, would you pursue career in procurement and supply chain or have taken a different path?

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  • Riley Conover

    28/07/2015 06:49PM

    I am 25! I found Tom Derry's insights very exciting in this article.

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  • Sarah Lees

    02/08/2015 11:25PM

    Ooh Boy!! If I was 25 again ... and know what I know now? ... i'd have jumped into procurement with everything. Not sure if a better start would have changed the life experiences I have gained and I hope it would not have but ... yeah ... I regret not getting into this profession earlier and getting a degree.

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  • Daniel Warnock

    30/07/2015 02:45PM

    If I was 25 again there would be a great many things I would do differently, but a different career is not one of them (unless one of the things I did differently was pick winning lottery numbers...

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  • Ben Briggs

    29/07/2015 06:36AM

    You bet! We are able to impact the balance sheet and the cash flow, therefore we are uniquely placed. We have a real opportunity to be an architect of change and drive business efficiency. Had I known that at an earlier age, I would have dived into procurement far earlier!

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  • Hugo Britt

    29/07/2015 12:45AM

    Jordan Early I think the old story of people generally "falling into" procurement from other areas is changing rapidly - grads are now actively pursuing it as an exciting career path with limitless opportunity. Exciting times!

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    Euan Granger You're right, Hugo. At the time I graduated there were very few procurement schemes for graduates and it wasn't a high profile career. Things are changing now but there's plenty work to do to attract new graduates to the profession

    30/07/2015 11:14AM

  • Ashley Cooke FCIPS FRSA

    03/08/2015 04:56PM

    Yes, perhaps with less of the mistakes but always on the same path forward. There would be a little more drive to push forward the boundaries of the profession and myself. When I took the days off and did not use them wisely to reflect upon the failures but more importantly the successes of my choices.

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  • Helen Rees MCIPS

    03/08/2015 04:46PM

    I would definitely have gone into procurement at an earlier age if I had the ability to turn back time! I am one of those who fell into the career by accident rather than by design and really wish I had studied for a procurement career straight from school rather than opt for a career in banking, which I did. However, I do think that even though I did my studying later in life I still have a lot to offer in this career and love nothing more than mentoring new entrants so that they can achieve their procurement qualifications. At the end of the day procurement is largely what you make it, and if you can make people sit up and take notice of what a valuable function it is then you have a greater chance of getting a seat at Board level and sometimes having an older head can assist with that aspect.

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  • Euan Granger

    30/07/2015 11:15AM

    I got lucky in that I 'fell' into procurement and then ended up in a good job, which then led on to other good roles and now a job that I really enjoy.

    Would I make the same decision again? I'd have to go back to 18 too and work out what I was going to do at university first and then see where that took me!

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  • Samantha Coombs

    29/07/2015 10:17AM

    I agree with Tom Derry and Ben Briggs. I'd transform procurement and bring it up to date for this ever changing society. Physical strength of a 25 yr old is attractive for sports) but not the mind. I'm happy with mine, and its youthful yet ripe.

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  • Jordan Early

    28/07/2015 07:11PM

    @Riley perhaps I should have changed the question to if you were 18 again!!!

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