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DIRECTOR OF PROCUREMENT SYSTEMS, IN-DEPTH: Everyday Is Exciting

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Sarah is the Director of Procurement Systems for her work. Sarah explains the importance of education and getting your degree, no matter how smart you are. Sarah goes into detail about her key career decisions, the difficulty of getting a job in her industry and her work-life balance.

School: Bellevue University
Degree: Public Administration - Business
Job Title: Director of Procurement Systems

Job Summary: Procurement Clerks

Job Description

Financial clerks do administrative work for banking, insurance, and other companies. They keep records, help customers, and carry out financial transactions.

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Moderate-term on-the-job training

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Average salary
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$25,000 - $55,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Mathematical skills, Organizational skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Associate degree
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m='10880'>people.</span> <span m='11230'>It's</span> <span m='11340'>a</span> <span m='11390'>little</span> <span m='11570'>mix</span> <span m='11970'>of</span> <span m='12050'>both.</span> </p><p><span m='13300'>One</span> <span m='13360'>of</span> <span m='13450'>the</span> <span m='13550'>things</span> <span m='13800'>I</span> <span m='13910'>don't</span> <span m='14300'>like</span> <span m='14480'>about</span> <span m='14700'>my</span> <span m='14830'>job</span> <span m='15480'>is</span> <span m='15950'>that--</span> <span m='17320'>actually,</span> <span m='17660'>I</span> <span m='17830'>kind</span> <span m='17960'>of do</span> <span m='18360'>like</span> <span m='18620'>it,</span> <span m='18770'>but</span> <span m='19310'>it</span> <span m='20000'>never</span> <span m='20410'>stops.</span> <span m='21750'>It's</span> <span m='21910'>a</span> <span m='21950'>very</span> <span m='22270'>busy.</span> <span m='22990'>Your</span> <span m='23180'>on the go</span> <span m='23580'>constantly.</span> <span m='25600'>So</span> <span m='25840'>it</span> <span m='25950'>can</span> <span m='26100'>be</span> <span m='26200'>a good and a</span> <span m='26650'>bad</span> <span m='26900'>thing</span> <span m='27070'>both.</span> <span m='27650'>And</span> <span m='27790'>sometimes</span> <span m='28290'>you're</span> <span m='28400'>working</span> <span m='28960'>late</span> <span m='29190'>nights</span> <span m='29510'>or</span> <span m='29610'>weekends</span> <span m='30690'>to</span> <span m='30950'>try</span> <span m='31110'>to</span> <span m='31170'>get</span> <span m='31390'>caught</span> <span m='31590'>up.</span> </p><p><span m='32330'>I</span> <span m='32439'>think</span> <span m='32630'>the</span> <span m='32710'>biggest</span> <span m='33040'>decision</span> <span m='33540'>I</span> <span m='33650'>made</span> <span m='33850'>in</span> <span m='33950'>my</span> <span m='34050'>career</span> <span m='34240'>to</span> <span m='34320'>lead</span> <span m='34500'>me</span> <span m='34660'>where</span> <span m='34910'>I'm</span> <span m='35040'>at</span> <span m='35200'>now</span> <span m='35530'>is</span> <span m='35990'>my</span> <span m='36120'>education.</span> <span m='38420'>There's</span> <span m='39770'>I</span> <span m='40230'>think</span> <span m='40400'>a</span> <span m='40450'>lot</span> <span m='40600'>of</span> <span m='40660'>times</span> <span m='40870'>you</span> <span m='40940'>hear</span> <span m='41090'>from</span> <span m='41290'>people,</span> <span m='42000'>well you</span> <span m='42160'>have</span> <span m='42340'>to</span> <span m='42620'>go</span> <span m='42780'>through</span> <span m='42900'>high</span> <span m='43030'>school.</span> <span m='43490'>And then it</span> <span m='43790'>changes</span> <span m='44130'>over</span> <span m='44310'>time.</span> <span m='44560'>It</span> <span m='44650'>says,</span> <span m='44800'>oh,</span> <span m='44880'>well you</span> <span m='45050'>need</span> <span m='45220'>a</span> <span m='45260'>bachelor's</span> <span m='45720'>degree.</span> <span m='46060'>And</span> <span m='46510'>people</span> <span m='46760'>now</span> <span m='46860'>are</span> <span m='46970'>saying,</span> <span m='47150'>oh</span> <span m='47300'>you need</span> <span m='47430'>to</span> <span m='47470'>have</span> <span m='47630'>a</span> <span m='47670'>master's</span> <span m='48090'>degree.</span> <span m='49520'>I</span> <span m='49610'>think</span> <span m='49840'>education</span> <span m='50440'>is</span> <span m='50710'>key</span> <span m='51050'>to</span> <span m='51110'>anything.</span> <span m='52040'>You</span> <span m='52260'>might</span> <span m='52450'>be</span> <span m='52540'>very</span> <span m='52770'>smart</span> <span m='53220'>and</span> <span m='53380'>you</span> <span m='53500'>might</span> <span m='54260'>know</span> <span m='54410'>a</span> <span m='54480'>lot</span> <span m='54720'>of</span> <span m='54820'>things,</span> <span m='55860'>but</span> <span m='56150'>without</span> <span m='56460'>that</span> <span m='56620'>piece</span> <span m='56840'>of</span> <span m='56920'>paper</span> <span m='57790'>that</span> <span m='57970'>validates</span> <span m='58630'>for</span> <span m='58780'>employers,</span> <span m='59460'>really,</span> <span m='59790'>that</span> <span m='59900'>you</span> <span m='59980'>have</span> <span m='60190'>the</span> <span m='60290'>skill</span> <span m='60600'>sets</span> <span m='61020'>that they</span> <span m='61200'>need.</span> </p><p><span m='61520'>A</span> <span m='61590'>bachelor's</span> <span m='62020'>degree</span> <span m='62420'>really</span> <span m='62690'>teaches</span> <span m='63100'>you</span> <span m='64480'>fundamentals</span> <span m='65340'>as</span> <span m='65500'>well</span> <span m='65840'>as</span> <span m='65990'>a</span> <span m='66170'>general</span> <span m='67050'>knowledge</span> <span m='67590'>about</span> <span m='68120'>multiple</span> <span m='68710'>areas.</span> <span m='69560'>So</span> <span m='70210'>that</span> <span m='70390'>piece</span> <span m='70610'>of</span> <span m='70670'>paper</span> <span m='71100'>is</span> <span m='71250'>definitely</span> <span m='72300'>key.</span> <span m='73280'>It</span> <span m='73760'>can</span> <span m='74020'>be</span> <span m='74130'>difficult</span> <span m='74630'>to</span> <span m='74720'>get</span> <span m='74870'>a</span> <span m='74920'>job</span> <span m='75170'>sometimes.</span> <span m='76340'>I</span> <span m='76400'>work</span> <span m='76630'>at</span> <span m='76700'>higher</span> <span m='77000'>ED.</span> <span m='78430'>So</span> <span m='78770'>I</span> <span m='78850'>work</span> <span m='79160'>for</span> <span m='79430'>college.</span> <span m='81890'>Sometimes</span> <span m='82300'>they</span> <span m='82390'>are</span> <span m='82500'>difficult</span> <span m='82860'>to</span> <span m='82930'>get</span> <span m='83080'>in.</span> <span m='83270'>The</span> <span m='83350'>interview</span> <span m='83660'>process</span> <span m='84090'>is</span> <span m='84230'>extremely</span> <span m='84760'>long.</span> <span m='85360'>So</span> <span m='85420'>by</span> <span m='85540'>the</span> <span m='85640'>time</span> <span m='86030'>anybody</span> <span m='86380'>gets</span> <span m='86570'>called</span> <span m='86810'>for</span> <span m='86940'>an</span> <span m='87010'>interview,</span> <span m='87260'>you've</span> <span m='87460'>probably</span> <span m='87970'>moved</span> <span m='88220'>on</span> <span m='88340'>to</span> <span m='88420'>something</span> <span m='88790'>else.</span> <span m='89410'>But</span> <span m='89570'>it's</span> <span m='90140'>very</span> <span m='90520'>rewarding,</span> <span m='91170'>and</span> <span m='91250'>I</span> <span m='91310'>think</span> <span m='91510'>it's</span> <span m='91660'>worth</span> <span m='92120'>every</span> <span m='92380'>moment</span> <span m='92700'>of</span> <span m='92860'>it.</span> <span m='94410'>You</span> <span m='94540'>can</span> <span m='94840'>get</span> <span m='94990'>in,</span> <span m='95220'>you</span> <span m='95320'>just</span> <span m='95550'>have</span> <span m='95690'>to</span> <span m='95770'>have</span> <span m='96000'>sometimes</span> <span m='96400'>a</span> <span m='96450'>little</span> <span m='96610'>bit</span> <span m='96720'>of</span> <span m='96780'>patience.</span> <span m='97560'>They</span> <span m='97690'>don't</span> <span m='97920'>call</span> <span m='98150'>back</span> <span m='98440'>as</span> <span m='98540'>soon</span> <span m='98830'>as</span> <span m='99340'>some</span> <span m='99540'>private</span> <span m='99980'>companies</span> <span m='100550'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='101200'>Work/life</span> <span m='101650'>balance</span> <span m='102230'>is</span> <span m='103040'>tough.</span> <span m='103960'>It</span> <span m='104150'>is</span> <span m='104310'>always</span> <span m='104630'>is</span> <span m='104810'>tough.</span> <span m='105890'>For</span> <span m='106160'>me</span> <span m='106500'>I've</span> <span m='107020'>had</span> <span m='107640'>a</span> <span m='107840'>lot</span> <span m='108070'>of</span> <span m='108130'>success</span> <span m='108660'>in</span> <span m='108770'>work,</span> <span m='109450'>and</span> <span m='109660'>so</span> <span m='109830'>I</span> <span m='109980'>tend</span> <span m='110250'>to</span> <span m='110320'>focus</span> <span m='110700'>a</span> <span m='110790'>lot</span> <span m='111040'>of</span> <span m='111110'>time</span> <span m='111370'>and</span> <span m='111470'>energy</span> <span m='112380'>into</span> <span m='112710'>the</span> <span m='112810'>work</span> <span m='113010'>that</span> <span m='113130'>I</span> <span m='113180'>do</span> <span m='113340'>every</span> <span m='113560'>day.</span> <span m='114670'>But</span> <span m='114820'>balancing</span> <span m='115360'>it</span> <span m='115440'>with</span> <span m='115560'>home</span> <span m='115840'>life</span> <span m='116130'>and</span> <span m='116280'>children</span> <span m='116570'>and a</span> <span m='116860'>husband</span> <span m='117410'>and</span> <span m='117540'>dogs--</span> <span m='118960'>me,</span> <span m='119250'>personally,</span> <span m='119625'>it</span> <span m='120000'>can</span> <span m='120220'>be</span> <span m='120340'>very</span> <span m='120600'>challenging.</span> <span m='121630'>I</span> <span m='121700'>think</span> <span m='121930'>it's</span> <span m='122110'>really</span> <span m='122420'>important</span> <span m='123050'>to</span> <span m='124550'>give</span> <span m='124780'>yourself</span> <span m='125510'>room</span> <span m='126030'>to</span> <span m='126570'>take</span> <span m='127180'>time</span> <span m='127490'>off.</span> <span m='127920'>It's</span> <span m='128190'>OK</span> <span m='128539'>to</span> <span m='128650'>take</span> <span m='129039'>vacation</span> <span m='129470'>days</span> <span m='129699'>if</span> <span m='129789'>you</span> <span m='129870'>have</span> <span m='130039'>them</span> <span m='130660'>and</span> <span m='130860'>enjoy</span> <span m='131270'>those</span> <span m='131570'>days</span> <span m='131920'>and</span> <span m='132060'>try</span> <span m='132260'>not</span> <span m='132530'>to</span> <span m='132630'>work</span> <span m='132980'>during</span> <span m='133280'>them.</span> <span m='134630'>So</span> <span m='135020'>as</span> <span m='135310'>best</span> <span m='135620'>as</span> <span m='135700'>you</span> <span m='135860'>can</span> <span m='136160'>while</span> <span m='136320'>you're</span> <span m='136490'>at</span> <span m='136580'>work,</span> <span m='136860'>focus</span> <span m='137260'>on</span> <span m='137360'>work, and</span> <span m='137680'>when</span> <span m='137820'>you're</span> <span m='137990'>at</span> <span m='138050'>home,</span> <span m='138350'>focus</span> <span m='138730'>on</span> <span m='138840'>home--</span> <span m='140090'>although</span> <span m='140340'>those</span> <span m='140560'>lines</span> <span m='140940'>cross</span> <span m='141360'>from</span> <span m='141540'>time</span> <span m='141800'>to</span> <span m='141890'>time.</span> <span m='142620'>But</span> <span m='143530'>making</span> <span m='143920'>sure</span> <span m='144160'>that</span> <span m='144350'>you're</span> <span m='144710'>always</span> <span m='144950'>doing</span> <span m='145170'>something</span> <span m='145560'>for</span> <span m='145700'>yourself</span> <span m='146120'>to</span> <span m='146270'>keep</span> <span m='146510'>you</span> <span m='147280'>revitalized.</span> </p>","file":{"id":595345,"video_id":"","name":"3003-Suzanne- CTO IN DEPTH.mp4","duration":148677,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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