Mentoring brings the Fellowship dream one step closer

When your potential is recognised by the top people in the profession, you feel privileged and become extremely focused on your goals.

Achieving MCIPS felt to me like reaching the gold standard in the procurement profession. The next level of membership, Fellowship, felt like an unobtainable target, but the dream was still there. When I found out about the Fellows of the Future initiative, that dream suddenly seemed a bit closer.

The 'speed dating' event in Birmingham on 10 September was an inspirational networking event with experienced procurement professionals who were all keen to share their knowledge, to help guide MCIPS members like me in the right direction. You felt as you were in the presence of people who really wanted to nurture talent.

I was fortunate enough to connect with a Fellow and to be mentored as part of this year' Fellows of the Future programme and am looking forward to the golden ticket event coming up in November.

Like a lot of people, I find myself in procurement by accident rather than it being an intentional career path. But since discovering the opportunities in the profession, I felt I had found the career I was meant to do. I enjoy the day-to-day challenges as well as identifying solutions for the long and short term. Procurement can encompass a huge variety of roles at all levels and is steadily growing its presence within businesses. Being in the Fellows of the Future programme will help me learn how to raise the profile of procurement opportunities and hopefully help others discover their career path.

Sponsorship by a Fellow means my mentor sees potential in me and is willing to invest his time to help me become a leader in the profession. This is a huge honour and is incredibly motivational, I wouldn't have had this level of mentoring if it hadn’t been for the Fellows of the Future initiative.

The hard work is just beginning and I know there is still a long way to go before applying for Fellowship status and joining the elite, but being on the Fellows of the Future programme means I have someone to steer me in the right direction which now makes the unobtainable dream a reality, and hopefully I will be able to inspire others in the future.

Penny Sayce is company stock controller and indirect buyer at Choice Shops

The Fellows of the Future event takes place at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in London on 3 November.

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