Attracting the next generation of procurement professionals begins at home

Paul Snell is managing editor at Supply Management
27 January 2014

27 January 2014 | Paul Snell

What do your parents do for a living? Did you follow in their footsteps?

According to a recent survey by British Glass, 61 per cent of parents admitted trying to influence their children’s choice of career. Some 28 per cent stick to hints, while 27 per cent are more brazen and just tell them what they should go into. And 38 per cent said they have recruited a friend to help them sell the idea to them.

The manufacturing group conducted the survey to raise awareness of its ‘women in manufacturing’ campaign, but perhaps there is a lesson for the procurement profession too.

There remains a need to attract the next generation of purchasing and supply chain professionals, so why not start at home by trying to convince your own offspring of the virtues of a career in procurement?

But be warned. The survey didn’t reveal how many children actually took their parents’ career advice.

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