Mentoring


Procurement and supply professionals have such a broad range of skills and cross-functional business knowledge, it makes us all ideal mentors. Mentors share their professional knowledge and experiences and acts as a positive role model to mentees in need of some direction. This could be CIPS students, young people starting to make career choices, or small businesses in developing countries who are in desperate need of your help. It takes some time and commitment, but the results are extremely rewarding.

    What makes a mentor?

    Good mentors are not only knowledgeable, but enthusiastic about their specialisms. Mentors nurture relationships and encourage mentees to develop their thinking and understanding whether it’s about career choices or studying. If you have experience of managing people, and can provide guidance and constructive feedback then mentoring could be for you.

    How to I find a mentee?

    CIPS Foundation
    The CIPS Foundation is a registered charity set up to help anyone, anywhere in the world, who struggles to get into and get on in the procurement profession, whether that’s through great hardship, serious illness or discrimination. Students will receive a bursary or help with exam fees or course books, but to maximise their chances of success we also allocate them a mentor. To find out how to get involved please contact foundation@cips.org.

    Cherie Blair Foundation
    CIPS has partnered with the Cherie Blair Foundation who support women entrepreneurs from emerging and developing countries. Their mentors are both men and women from a range of backgrounds who can offer two hours a month to support a woman entrepreneur. You can register at any time and the next programme starts in May. Visit their website or find out more.

    Inspiring the Future

    If you would like to offer your skills to young people then you can get involved with our Adopt a School Programme. CIPS members have been offering support and guidance to you people about their career options through careers talks, mock interviews or advice on their CV.  You can register with Inspiring the Future who will match willing volunteers to opportunities in schools, or just approach your local school directly – they are desperate for your help.

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