Air Conditioning Is Like An Investment In Training? True…Sort Of.

Are you a fan of the heat? Perhaps you were excited when the temperature dial moved to 40 degrees here in the UK a few weeks ago.  I however am not that person.  While I love the heat on holiday where I can lay by the pool and read my book, in real life where I still have to have zoom calls, teach lessons and create content it is much less fun.

A few Mondays ago when the heat was only a mere 27 degrees at 8 am I had an hour’s zoom meeting.  It was stifling hot and I watched on the screen as a bead of sweat dropped off my face onto the desk.  I felt disgusting, uncomfortable, and unable to concentrate.  I couldn’t hack it any longer so I did what I do best – get online and bought a portable air conditioner.  I justified this by saying it was cheaper than booking a hotel with air conditioning for the next couple of nights (Although my energy bill will probably disagree with that statement!)

The next day this ginormous beast of a white machine arrived and mercifully was easy to set up and soon I was basking in the cool 16-degree temperatures.  My hair no longer stuck to my face and neck and my face no longer resembled a bright red pufferfish.  I was in heaven.  I got so much work done that day as I didn’t want to leave the office, I was in a cool box sanctuary.  I genuinely do not know how I would have met deadlines without it.

This got me thinking.  This purchase was not cheap (neither was it super expensive – I bought one of the cheapest units with the best reviews going) but even in the few days I had had it, I already felt like it had paid back the investment.  In a way, this is very much like your CIPS Training.  

Sometimes it can be difficult to make an investment in yourself.  Have you ever added hundreds of pounds worth of shopping to your online basket and then balked at paying the £3.99 delivery fee? I do this all the time! We do not always make rational decisions, but your CIPS training is an investment in you.  Not to be cheesy, but it is an investment in the future you.  When I finished my CIPS I was headhunted for a job with a £17,000 pay rise.  I see thousands of students who I have trained go from strength to strength, advancing the ladder and earning more and more.  This could be you!

Just a quick caveat here.  I understand that I have a certain amount of privilege to be able to invest in the air conditioning, and money and circumstances are not always there to make this decision an easy one.  But even without the financial resources, you can invest in strategies to help future you.  If I go back to the heat example, my other strategies were freezing a hot water bottle and putting my bottom sheets in the freezer before bed.  These helped me sleep although I did feel a bit weird putting the sheets next to the frozen peas!

You can also use strategies to invest in your training.  There are Facebook communities that can help you (we happen to have an amazing one if we do say so ourselves!) which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/baocipstraining

There are free YouTube channels set up to help you, we recommend Procurement Studybuddy and of course our own here: https://www.youtube.com/c/BusinessAcademyOnline

Finally, we are offering a scholarship for our premium Diamond Package Level 4 Training.  Over £3300 worth of CIPS training totally free.  Our applications are live until 1st September and can be found here: subscribepage.io/kwk7HQ

Invest in yourself today, I guarantee you won’t regret it

Level 3 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M3
6
15th Jan, 29th Jan, 5th Feb, 19th Feb, 26th Feb, 4th Mar
May 2024
M4
3
15th Apr, 22nd Apr, 29th Apr
July 2024
M5
3
3rd June, 10th June, 24th June
Nov 2024
M1
3
7th Oct, 21st Oct, 4th November
Mar 2025
M2&M3
6
13th Jan, 20th Jan, 27th Jan, 10th Feb, 24th Feb, 3rd March
May 2025
M4
3
7th Apr, 14th Apr, 28th Apr
July 2025
M5
3
2nd June, 16th June, 30th June

Level 6 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M5
5
25th Jan, 1st Feb, 8th Feb, 22nd Feb, 29th Feb
May 2024
M4 & M7
4
18th April, 25th April, 2nd May, 9th May
July 2024
M3 & M8
5
30th May, 13th June,20th June, 27th June, 4th July
November 2024
M1
3
10th Oct, 24th Oct, 7th Nov
Mar 2025
M2 & M5
5
30th Jan, 6th Feb, 13th Feb, 27th Feb, 6th Mar
May 2025
M4 & M7
4
3rd April, 10th April, 1st May, 8th May
July 2025
M3 & M8
5
5th June, 12th June, 19th June, 26th June, 3rd July

Level 5 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M5, M15 & M9
4
31st Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 6th March
May 2024
M3 & M8
4
10th April, 17th April, 24th April, 1st May
July 2024
M4
3
5th June, 12th June, 26th June
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
9th Oct, 16th Oct, 23rd Oct, 30th Oct, 6th Nov
Mar 2025
M15, M5, M9
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M3 & M8
4
9th April, 16th April, 30th April, 7th June
July 2025
M4
3
4th June, 18th June, 2nd July

Level 4 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M3, M5, M7
6
23rd Jan, 30th Jan, 6th Feb, 20th Feb, 27th Feb, 5th March
May 2024
M4 & M6
4
9th April, 16th April, 23rd April, 30th April
July 2024
M8
3
4th June, 18th June, 2nd July
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
8th Oct, 15th Oct, 22nd Oct, 29th Oct, 5th Nov
March 2025
M3, M5, M7
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M4 & M6
4
8th April, 15th April, 29th April, 6th June
July 2025
M8
3
10th June, 24th June, 8th July