Procurement Heads' Hampshire and Dorset consultant Chizoba Uzuegbunam attended a Careers Day at her old college Peter Symonds’ on 11th February 2020 and it was a nostalgic and eye-opening experience.
Last summer I was fortunate enough to attend an event hosted by CIPS South of England about how Sales and Procurement link in the IT category.
After a great talk by Phil Clark, I spoke with Neil Clark, who told me all about his role as Education Liaison Lead for the CIPS South of England branch.
Hearing about how the branch focuses on inspiring young adults to want to undertake a career in Procurement, and witnessing how passionate Neil is about his role with CIPS, I was thrilled to hear stories about how young people engage with, and understand, the important role Procurement plays in our lives.
After the event, I rang my old college, Peter Symonds, and enquired about how Neil could get involved with them.
I remember how much support the college gives their students as they go about choosing a career path and it was great to hear that the college has introduced a Careers Day, where employers, universities and industry professionals share their insight with students.
Click here to read Chizoba’s Big Interview with Neil Clark.
I connected Neil with Eirlys Tunnard, Peter Symonds’ Careers Advisor, and we booked a space at the Careers Day.
Eirlys had helped me to write my personal statement when I was applying for universities, so it was great to catch up with her again.
In the run-up to the event, Neil and I created a presentation that offered a host of information about Procurement and its importance.
We spoke about CIPS, how people can study the qualification and what the South of England branch does to support students.
I was able to give insight on salaries, job roles, industries as well as interview preparation and CV writing advice.
The event was a huge success and the students really engaged with our presentation.
The work that the branch does is incredible and these sort of events are invaluable.
The feedback we got from students made the nerves of presenting thoroughly worthwhile and I loved visiting my old college again.
Thanks to Neil for his support in preparing for the event.
I’m really looking forward to volunteering at further events with the CIPS team and helping to inspire the next generation of Procurement leaders.
Procurement Heads will be supporting the education roadshows with CIPS for 2020; if you are thinking about a career in Procurement and want some advice on the different types of roles and experience required, please don’t hesitate to ask.