When I was identified as a rising star of the profession by a Fellow and received a 'golden ticket' to last year’s Fellows of the Future event, I felt like Charlie Bucket receiving his own invitation to visit Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.
It was a great opportunity to network with CPOs from across the country and also to make acquaintance with 49 other Fellows of the Future who had been similarly handpicked. It was so inspirational and motivational for me, sharing thoughts and ideas and being with the 'best of the best' in the profession. The event gives you an insight as to the soft skill challenges ahead, what fellowship is and how we can all give back to the profession and help to develop and shape procurement in the future.
From that event my network developed and I am now committed to getting my career back on track after returning from maternity leave. I have secured a promotion and I am clear where I'm heading. I also still want to look for teaching/lecturing opportunities to encourage new students to take on MCIPS. As if that wasn’t enough, I’ve decided to look at career development opportunities within the private sector to widen my portfolio.
MCIPS is essential within the procurement profession and FCIPS is for elite professionals. But if you only like the letters it's not for you, it's what the letters represent that matters. If, like me, CIPS resonates with your personal values, it’s likely you're also passionate about procurement and want to be a rising star. So why not speak to a Fellow you already know (or contact your local branch to track one down), and ask how you can get a golden ticket to November’s Fellows of the Future event.
☛ Rachel Orme works in strategic procurement at Walsall Council. The Fellows of the Future event takes place at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in London on 3 November. For more information, please click here