Ambitious and driven? Plot your way to the top with the help of the Procurious webinar featuring advice from three senior leaders
Are you looking for the next steps to get moving on your career path? Or are you thinking of quitting the day job in search of a new path to the summit?
Do you have questions?
Good news! Procurious has produced a webinar, ‘Don’t Quit the Day Job – Your Path to the Top’ with all the answers you need.
We have assembled a panel of experienced senior leaders from different industries and different parts of the world – Lara Naqushbandi (Google), Christina Morrow (Ricoh USA) and Imelda Walsh (The Source) – to offer career advice.
And they have plenty of great insights to share with you.
Plan to succeed
Top of their list of recommendations is to have a plan.
Some people like a fully worked-out, detailed action plan. Others prefer a few tasks on a to-do list.
Either way, you’ll benefit from having made a plan. It’s a good place to start to identify the things you need to do.
And – as Imelda points out – you’re much more likely to succeed when that plan is written down.
But once you’ve made the plan don’t feel tied to it. Don’t feel you always need to stick to the programme.
Because sometimes doing that can stop you considering potential new roles that could be a great fit for you.
Take Christina’s advice and ask yourself how you would define professional success. Use that as your guide to consider whether to stick to or deviate from your plan when a new opportunity arises.
Ask what’s important now
Although the financial side of work is an important consideration, the panel members stress the drawbacks of being blindsided by the money associated with a role.
‘Look at the whole package, not just the pay cheque,’ Lara advises.
In her experience getting the balance right between work and home life is something that everyone should consider before taking on a new role.
Having a passion for what you do is something all our panel members cited as important. Imelda reports that she’s been most successful when she has a role that focuses on her passion.
Christina has always taken time out regularly to reflect on what she enjoys doing so that she’s clear on what she might want from any prospective new position.
Be open to taking risks.
This may involve deviating from your plan or exploring options to try something new.
Lara is a great believer in having an openness to risk. Going off the beaten path can often bring great benefits when thinking about the next step in a career. That’s an approach that has definitely worked for her.
But taking a step up can present new challenges and in Christina’s experience, there is always something from a previous role that you can use to build on for the next.
So don’t stay too long in one job and get bored is her advice. Take a risk and try something out of your comfort zone.
The soft skills we use every day in procurement and supply chain – like leadership, negotiation and collaboration – are just what are needed for the challenges of a new role.
Hone your network
Having a network is a great resource you can use for securing a new role.
Imelda sees many candidates who have used a mentor to help them develop and grow, achieving great success.
And mentors can help you think about how to adjust to a culture and brief that a new job can bring.
Moving between different companies can mean adjusting to completely new working environments and procedures – and even sometimes changing continents.
Lara has found she’s had to adapt her style to accommodate each company’s culture and management style.
Why not listen in to our webinar to find out more from our panel about how you can create your path to the top by:
Planning your route
Asking what’s important
Making the most of your network.
Register for our upcoming (free) webinar here and start 2020 out with a bang!