Here’s a finding I bet will resonate with buyers: six in 10 employees who graduated from university in the past two years are not working in a profession related to their degree. This is according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, which surveyed more than 700 graduates in employment.
Almost 60 per cent of the people in this category said they were in their current profession because they couldn’t find work in their desired field.
I’m not sure I’ve come across a procurement professional who went to university to do purchasing or supply chain studies. Most seem to have fallen into their current role, having had experience in other areas of business. There’s a lot to be said for taking this route to a purchasing career because it allows you to gain experience of how other departments work. You get a better idea of their procurement needs and making it more likely that you’ll be able to forge good relationships with internal customers.
But undergraduate procurement degrees exist, and people gain them. Are you one of them? Is procurement a subject you can study academically, or is it something that only business experience can teach you to do?