CIPS Week of Wonder


We're really proud of how our qualifications give opportunities to people around the world. Here students answer your questions as they celebrate their success at the CIPS Graduation Ceremony - a celebration of your qualifications journey with CIPS.

 

 

 

 

Students from around the world share their learning journey on CIPS Qualifications:

    Anish Kumar MCIPS Chartered

    Case Study

    Anish Kumar MCIPS

    Senior Procurement Officer, Dubai Cable Co (DUCAB). Dubai

    What would you say to someone who is considering starting their CIPS qualifications journey?

    CIPS is the recognised standard for anyone in the procurement field. The sheer number of members, students and associations is a testimony to its global success. I see it as an international license to practice the profession of procurement. 

    Describe in one word what doing CIPS qualifications has done for your career?

    Credibility is that one word which CIPS rewards its professionals with. Recognition is another attribute - As CIPS professionals we recognise each other, we know we perform according to a set of common guidelines.  

     

    Now that your qualified how do you think it will help your career?

    CIPS has added more credibility and acceptance to my career and be awarded with MCIPS was a milestone in my career path. I have been approached by professionals on topics related to setting up procurement policies and best practices. 

    Did you have a favourite go to study resource?

    Learning is a continuous journey and I believe there is never a one stop destination for learning. The CIPS e-Learning platform is a great place, it’s like a dictionary, a guide and it gives the most accurate description of almost every procurement and supply chain vocabulary that exists today.  

    Do you think the introduction of computer-based and more frequent exams inspires you to enter exams more often throughout the year?

    Although, I have achieved my MCIPS, I feel that the computer based exams is the future – it will increase the frequency of the examinations, help in circulating results faster and most importantly it will eliminate the fear of writing long answers. 

    Baffour Mensah MCIPS Chartered

    Case Study

    Baffour Antoa Mensah MCIPS, Procurement Officer at University of Energy and natural resources, Sunyani, Ghana

    What would you say to someone who is considering starting their CIPS qualifications journey?
    CIPS qualification will help you to gain the practical skills of procurement and supply for the job market, as it focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to perform real-world job responsibilities.

    Describe in one word what doing CIPS qualifications has done for your career?

    Professional Credibility.
     
    Did you have a favourite go to study resource?
    I did self-study which I must say was not an easy task but with the resources available such as the study materials and online materials I had a smooth sailing.

    How do you feel CIPS could better communicate to you important information about qualifications and exams?

    I wish CIPS should add text messages as well as social media such as WhatsApp, twitter etc.

    Do you think the introduction of computer-based exams and more frequent times to write exams inspires you to do CIPS Exams?

    I must tell you this is a dream come true because now there is many opportunities to write the exams in Africa this helps in fast tracking the qualification journey.

    Now that you are qualified how do you think it will help your career?

    CIPS qualification/certifications differentiates me from other professionals in the field of Procurement and Supply which has shown that I have demonstrated commitment to understanding and excelling in my profession which has gone a long way for me to:

    • Gain competitive advantage
    • Execute projects with increased efficiency, helping me do provide suggestions and solutions with a solid foundation
    • Increase in earning
    • Update my knowledge and skills in current trends in the profession
    • Build professional credibility through superior professionalism, upholding industry standards, and continuous professional learning.

    Basabendra Bhattacharjee

    Case Study

    Basabendra Bhattacharjee MCIPS Chartered, Procurement Manager, ISSCO MENA

    What would you say to someone who is considering starting their CIPS qualifications journey?

    It is an interesting journey where you will learn a lot and practice the same concepts in your profession. As you are staring the journey you need to keep your patience and keep yourself motivated. There is a vast knowledge to learn about the profession, leadership skills, core concepts, team management and the best practices in the entire course which will be a lifelong asset for each individual.

    Describe in one word what doing CIPS qualifications has done for your career?

    Certified

    Now that your qualified how do you think it will help your career?

    It is definitely helping me to mature further as a professional.  Firstly it has certified me, beyond that it has enhanced my outlook, equipped me with skill sets which have enabled me to shoulder broader responsibilities, design systems and process, lead teams effectively.

     

    Apart from that I do leverage CIPS website platform as the “GOTO PLACE for Knowledge” and the event networking opportunities which helps me to contribute with meaningful contributions during the professional discussions.

    Did you have a favourite go to study resource?

    I enjoy the study books, which are my cherished possession.

    Do you think the introduction of computer-based and more frequent exams inspires you to enter exams more often throughout the year?

    Frequent exams are definitely a great move by CIPS to encourage more professionals to get qualified.

     

    Daniel Cheng

    Case Study

    Daniel Cheng, Material Buyer - OpsTech IT at Amazon

    What would you say to someone who is considering starting their CIPS qualifications journey?

    100% start as early as you can because the time it takes to complete and become MCIPS qualified can take up to 3 years if you are beginning at the Level 4 Diploma.

    If you start your procurement journey straight out of university, there is no better time to begin CIPS Qualifications when your mind is still fresh from learning because the time in between studying and not studying and can make it difficult to find the motivation to pick up the books again. Once you receive your first set of results and you reflect back on the amount of time and effort you have spent balancing between working, finding the time to study and amongst other things going on in life, it is really rewarding to know it is helping you to progress on within your career in procurement.

     On the flipside of beginning CIPS, make sure you discipline yourself and prioritise the time to study as the month or two before the exam you will have to put your social life on hold and it can be difficult to find the balance of making enough time to spend with your friends and family as I found myself neglecting this part of my life when it came closer to the exam.

    Describe in one word what doing CIPS qualifications has done for your career?

    Management

    Did you have a favourite go to study resource?

    The study guides to each exam was a massive help to me when studying across all my exams. It helped me to focus on key areas that were in the guide as opposed to everything that was in the text books. 

    Another tip is always keep your old notes that you compiled for previous exams as lot of the material you learn later on is repeated, therefore I took parts where I had notes already and put them in to the notes I needed for the exam I was preparing for. Saved a lot of time and pens doing this!

    Daniel Oloo MCIPS Chartered

    Case Study

    Daniel Oloo, Procurement, Logistics, Warehouse Management, Dubai

    I decided to take on CIPS in 2015 so as to distinguish myself and also join a globally present and recognized professional body.  I used the examination route, wrote examinations and qualified with MCIPS in November 2018. There’s a lot of learning and study of course.

    Today, at work, I meet many aspects and concepts of the study and am able to relate easily with them with a smile. I have also been able to organise events in Uganda to sensitise more people to take the course with MCIPS.

    Apart from the rich and always updated content on procurement and supply chain, the professional network is great with members from various industries and levels of experience. Participating at branch events increases confidence, skill and knowledge. I have presented papers and shared stories. I also was a finalist – young procurement and supply professional of the year 2019 of the CIPS MENA Corporate awards which increased my visibility.

    For the exam route, one can join a study centre near them around the world or opt for self-study. There’s a lot of support on the easy to navigate CIPS website to enable you learn, revise and excel.

    Fiona Macdonald MCIPS

    Case Study

    Fiona Macdonald, Senior Procurement Specialist at Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

    What would you say to someone who is considering starting their CIPS qualifications journey?

    I’d say it’s a tough journey but worthwhile for the knowledge you gain and the way having a CIPS qualification makes you stand out and gives confidence to future employers that you’re professional and dedicated to your profession.

    Describe in one word what doing CIPS qualifications has done for your career?

    Fast-tracked

    Did you have a favourite go to study resource?

    For me the past papers and exemplar paper are absolutely invaluable, you really give yourself the best chance of passing by doing all that are available.

    Do you think the introduction of computer-based and more frequent exams inspires you to enter exams more often throughout the year?

    Yes, I think this is an essential step forward and allows student equity globally which is important. It negates the need to sit more than one exam at a time, which was felt in countries with only three exam periods per year. It makes the studt process easier overall.

    What do you think CIPS could do to help you continue on your qualifications journey?

    Focus on providing good quality interactive e-learning and opportunities to practice, including past papers, and consider having more than one exemplar paper available, plus give quality feedback from examiners. 

    Hope Nanungi MCIPS

    Case Study

    Hope Nanungi MCIPS, Requisitions Assistant at United Nations, Uganda

    This is what I would say to someone who is considering starting their CIPS Qualifications journey;

    Start Now! It’s never too late to be one of the best procurement professionals on the globe. It greatly takes determination to finish up the course but it’s all worth it in the end because you are able to network with different procurement personnel and you are also able to acquire more knowledge and skills in the procurement field that will help you with decision making in your department and the organisation at large.

    What has CIPS Qualification has done for my career?

    • Given me a significant competitive edge
    • I’m a better procurement planner and performer.
    • My attractiveness to prospective employers. (Higher pay)

    Now that am fully qualified, this is how CIPS will help my career;

    I am going to be able to uphold the highest procurement standards as per the CIPS Code of Ethical conduct and not engage in bad practices such as corruption when undertaking my duties. I will be able to share procurement knowledge and skills with other young professionals and ensure that procurement principles are adhered to. I will also be able to attend various CIPS conferences and annual workshops and summits held across CIPS branches in various countries as well as networking events.

    What was your favourite go to study resource?

    I would say that I didn’t have a favorite go to study resource as I did self-study throughout my CIPS journey. This also included reading CIPS books on my own in preparation for exams that I used to buy each book for every sitting and also engage in discussions thereafter with my other colleagues I was pursuing the same course with. (Best moments because I used to be the main discussant)

    Do you think the introduction of computer-based exams and more frequent times to write exams inspires you to do CIPS Exams.

    I haven’t done any Computer based exams as they were introduced when I had gotten my full qualifications but I believe I would have sincerely been inspired to do exams more often throughout the year as I don’t need to ensure a good handwriting since I would be typing all my answers lol. Anyway the introduction of these definitely brought about reduced administrative costs and early release of exam results which brings candidates closer to fully achieving their dream.

     

     

    Thank you so much and Regards,

    Hope Nanungi MCIPS

    +256784577579/+256751628550

    hopekiganda2@gmail.com 

    skype: h.kiganda

    Manwunyo Peni

    Case Studies

    Mawunyo Peni, Ghana Admin. Assistant, Procurement and Project Management Consultancy

    What would you say to someone who is considering starting their CIPS qualifications journey?

    I would encourage the person to go for it because CIPS is a practical based qualification and it is recognised in the Procurement and Supply Chain Industry. CIPS gives the opportunity to gain trending practical knowledge in the field of procurement and supply.  My advice to someone who is considering starting their qualifications is to be ready to spend time and have the ability to research and think outside the box.

    Describe in one word what doing CIPS qualifications has done for your career?

    Innovation: I use this word because with CIPS study resources and taking the exams encourages you to think outside the box. What you procure and how you procure it can affect a company’s finances positively or negatively. The CIPS journey has given me the opportunity to create templates and basic procedures in relation to the KPI’s of the company.

    Do you have a favorite go to study resource or did you do self-study?

    I do self-study. I do that by using the resources CIPS have provided. Also, I consult practitioners in the industry when I do not understand a concept.

    Do you think the introduction of computer-based exams and more frequent times to write exams inspires you to do CIPS Exams?

    Having frequent computer-based exams gives us the opportunity to estimate when one is likely to finish a level because when you fail in a paper you know you won’t have to wait for a long time to take the exams again. I am just not enthused about the pass mark for the computer-based exams.

    Michelle Flett, MCIPS Chartered

    Case Studies

    Michelle Flett MCIPS Chartered, Head Of Procurement at Polypipe UK

    My MCIPS Journey

    A role for a Buyer was advertised with my current employer and I thought to myself could I do this? The only downside I could see was that they wanted someone with MCIPS which I didn’t have, but I did have other transferable attributes from position as Stock Control Manager.

    Over the years my company have started investing in Learning and Development of its employees and I thought why not me with MCIPS? I applied for the role and in my Interview I offered to study for MCIPS if I was successful and hey-presto I got the job!

    My MCIPS journey started in September 2016 and I remember the day well, I was absolutely dreading it and so nervous but why? Well I was in my 40’s working in a fulltime job with two young children, would I have time to study for a degree? I didn’t need to worry though as I soon got into studying and I found my favourite resources of using past papers and the markers reports along with the study guides helped me through it. I also loved classroom sessions and took so much away from the class discussions and other peoples experiences.

    If I could describe in one word what completing the CIPS qualification has done for my career so far it would be Enriching it.

    Now I have qualified it will help with my career progression and I have already been in talks with my current employer about my future development plans within the business.

    What would I tell anyone that is thinking of doing MCIPS? Just Do It! It opens so many doors in your career and makes you feel as though you are part of a wider community of professionals. I shared my success on Linkedin and the support and kind words from CIPS professionals around the world has been amazing!

    Pelaiah Stiles

    Case Study

    Pelaiah Stiles, Procurement Executive, British Council, Ghana

    What would you say to someone who is considering starting their CIPS qualifications journey?

    I would encourage them to pursue it. It gives them the necessary skills that will help them become professional .

    Describe in one word what doing CIPS qualifications has done for your career?

    Professional

    Did you have a favourite go to study resource or did you do self-study?

    The approved study resources has always been the most effective one for me.

    Do you think the introduction of computer-based exams and more frequent times to write exams inspires you to do CIPS Exams?

    Yes indeed. I have always wished that we would have more exams sessions.

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