Students pursuing Procurement and Supply Chain degree programme have been urged to ensure they get affiliated to their respective professional bodies such as the Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM), in order to learn and get certified by a recognized licensing body which will give them an edge in job market over their competitors.
This was revealed during a mentorship programme organized by the Jomo Kenyatta University Procurement and Supplies Students Association (JKUPSSA), Friday, March 15, 2019. The forum brought together students from local universities and Procurement and Supply Chain experts who interacted and shared experiences, industry needs and opportunities.
Running under the theme: Promoting procurement and supply chain professionalism, the programme’s main objective was to provide an avenue for procurement and supply chain students at JKUAT with useful tips and establish worthwhile networks that will support their careers progression.
Regional Head of Procurement, Sub-Saharan Africa- British Council, Mr. Andrew Juma, advised the students to invest in their futures and go an extra mile in educating themselves especially in important documentations and publications such as the Kenya Constitution and the newspapers while also, sharpening their communication skills which he said, will enhance their individual chances of securing jobs in the procurement field where competition is stiff.
Mr. Juma further told the students to be agents of integrity while encouraging them to vie for leadership positions, pointing out that integrity can only be tested and proven in positions of power.
KISM Examination Officer, Dr. Fred Ongisa, challenged students to understand the current state of procurement and supply chain in the country by reading extensively, informing them that the National Treasury has resorted to only employing certified procurement and supply professionals of Kenya (CPSP-K) to work in government institutions.
On his part, Nairobi Institute of Business Studies, Training Manager, Mr. Andrew Kimunya, challenged students to combine academic and career qualifications in order to graduate as professionals who are skilled and prepared for the highly competitive job market.
“I challenge you to graduate from your studies having also attained CPSPK from accredited institution in order to be recognized as experts in this sphere,” said Mr. Kimunya.