In yesterday’s fortnightly e-newsletter containing highlights from the forthcoming issue of SM
, I put out a call for people new to the procurement profession to get in touch with me by email. I’m after enthusiastic purchasers to tell me how they are finding their first few months and years in the job so I can feature them in our Graduate Guide to Procurement
, due out in the summer, which is aimed at students to give them an idea of what a career in procurement can offer them.
I have been bowled over by the responses. Within an hour of the newsletter going out I had a dozen emails… with more and more coming in over the afternoon. I opened my inbox this morning to find another boatload.
But it’s not just the quantity that has surprised – and delighted – me. I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised, given the international readership of SM
, but I’ve had responses from Botswana, South Africa, India, the US and China, as well as from the UK.
The passion for the profession shown by those who have got in touch has been tremendous: from young graduates who just want to share what a great career choice they have made, through to career-switchers who can’t believe they didn’t get into purchasing sooner, and team leaders who want to put forward their bright stars and tell us what a great job they’re doing.
Now, I know that those who have got in touch are those who want to shout about their profession. But the enthusiasm and enjoyment of their work shown by so many of those who did email me makes me think that the profession is in safe hands with the next generation of buyers.
* If you would like to put forward yourself or a colleague to be featured in the Graduate Guide to Procurement, please drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org