The lessons I learnt from an Iowa snow storm…

I think by now you will know that I love a good title to grab your attention.  This one, however, is not an analogy but an actual situation I found myself in.

Two weeks ago I visited Des Moines, the capital of Iowa.  I had never visited the state before and I was excited to see the midwest of the USA.  I was there for 4 days in total, and on Day 2, I was lucky enough to experience an Iowa snowstorm.  It snowed heavily overnight, and power was even lost to my hotel for a couple of hours in the early morning.  In total there were around 6 inches of snow, with some rural areas having even more than this.

I arrive at training the next day and everyone was there, even one delegate whose car had gone off the road and had to be towed away.  She simply borrowed her parent’s car and drove in.  Now, this attitude was wild to me, as here in the UK a few inches of snow and everything is cancelled, schools are shut, and definitely, no in-person training is running.

I asked them if this was a lot of snow in Des Moines and they said no this was a light scattering, they had around 15 inches in December and it was -30 temperatures.  Even then apparently the schools were not closed, they only really do this at around -40 degrees Fahrenheit!

Although this is just not something I can ever see happening here in the UK where we just cannot cope with extremes in weather.  I have to be impressed by the resilience of the Iowans (is this even a word!?) even when there is just a little snow or rain it can be very difficult to force myself to leave the house!

This got me thinking about CIPS, and as results have just come out – the level of resilience you have to have as a student who fails an exam.  It’s a horrible feeling and it can be made worse if you are surrounded by colleagues or other students who passed.  I always say that you can take failure one of two ways.

  1. You can give up and not put yourself through the experience again, or
  2. You can not let CIPS beat you, and do everything you can in your resit to get the results you deserve.

So I say to you, be more Iowan! (See I’m now making this a word…) do not accept defeat, you can overcome this challenge, just like you have overcome every other difficulty in your life.  It could be that you need a better support system.  If you would like me to help you pass that exam then get in touch, and fill in our enquiry forms below. (Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the enquiry form)

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Here’s to the next set of results being happy ones for all of you!

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, 20th June, 27th June, 4th July, 11th 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, 11th 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, 3rd 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