Guest blog from Andrew Hill CSCP
I did not have anything to prove my competencies to the broader market and had no experience to demonstrate that I could apply my skillset in different industries and contexts.
Like many entering the supply chain profession in the early 2000’s, my entry into the profession was not by design but by taking advantage of an opportunity to shift focus within my career. Through 13 years of experience at Brightstar, some great mentorship and exposure to international operations, I gained a base of knowledge of supply chain fundamentals in the Telecommunications industry and progressed into senior leadership positions.
When I was faced with the loss of a major contract in the local business and a global restructure, it became clear that my next challenge would not be at Brightstar. Considering next steps, I saw two challenges that I needed to overcome in order to progress my career:
- I had no educational qualifications relevant to my career experience.
- I had broad experience working with clients in a single industry, working for a single company.
Considering these from the hiring manager’s perspective, I did not have anything to prove my competencies to the broader market and had no experience to demonstrate that I could apply my skillset in different industries and contexts.
I addressed these challenges by pursuing CSCP certification. Having worked across several functional areas from: demand planning; retail allocation and merchandising; to supply planning, I saw this qualification as a great fit to broaden my knowledge across supply chain and prepare for future leadership roles encompassing the whole of supply chain.
I chose the self-directed learning approach to learning, as this allowed me flexibility to study in my own time. The combination of online and physical learning materials allowed the convenience to learn anywhere, anytime and online quizzes provided instant feedback on my understanding – allowing effective revision to revisit the concepts I needed to review.
While independent online learning fit well for my circumstances, classroom-based options are available for those who prefer a more structured learning experience and to receive feedback from an experienced instructor.
The CSCP program provided me with a solid foundation across a whole of supply chain curriculum, addressing areas where I had not had previous exposure, as well as providing fresh best-practice perspectives in areas where I initially felt I was stronger.
Having completed the CSCP program, I strongly believe that this qualification will provide a great foundation to further my supply chain career and am looking forward to using the knowledge gained through this program in my next role!
For any members wanting to know more about my experience in completing CSCP, please feel free to send questions through the comments section or to connect with me via LinkedIn.
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