From procurement newcomer to valuable asset, Louise Rees has expanded her purchasing knowledge flexibly through our online CIPS Level 3 Certificate.
I entered the role of Fieldwork Services Buyer in July 2017 without specific procurement experience. One of the perks of the job was that you would be encouraged and sponsored to complete a CIPS course to ensure the procurement department remains at a high quality.
I chose the Advanced Certificate (Level 3) as I really wanted to get to grips with the basics of procurement before studying at a higher level.
My line manager, the Supply Chain Manager, had also completed CIPS courses through ICS Learn and recommended the platform.
Having gone to university full time to study for my bachelor’s degree, I wasn’t quite sure how I would take to self-online study, motivating myself to study after a long day at work.
ICS Learn has made this transition very manageable as I was able to work around my own schedule and read through easily digestible slides on the go, on lunch breaks and in the evenings.
The platform itself is very intuitive and has all the resource you need. From course content, past papers and extra reading, you can thoroughly prepare for your next exam with the confidence that you have done everything you can to understand the content.
The responsiveness of the tutor support on the online chat was invaluable when I had urgent questions before exams.
Although I am still studying for my Level 3, I have received a promotion and it has helped me feel valuable at work.
Understanding the key aspects of procurement has made my transition into the team very smooth and have been able to take on higher responsibility.
Once I finish my Level 3, I am keen to keep progressing to higher and higher levels to ensure I never stop learning. I would thoroughly recommend using ICS Learn to aid your studies and help you organise your studies around a busy life!
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