Embrace your Mediocrity

If you are anything like me, you may get caught up in a perfectionism mindset. So much so that I have been known to avoid the things that I am bad at (like parallel parking, climbing and anything that involves coordination).

Lately, this is something I have been pondering on. What even is perfect? It’s different for everyone – there is no universal perfection, and am I avoiding situations that I would enjoy and could lead to growth? If this is something that resonates with you, let’s flip the script and talk about something that might sound a bit outrageous – embracing the art of mediocrity!

The Beauty of Being “Meh”
Picture this, you’re about to start your journey towards becoming a certified Procurement professional with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). The prospect might seem as nerve-wracking as parallel parking a double decker bus, but it doesn’t have to.

Embracing mediocrity is not about settling for less; it’s about acknowledging that perfection is often the enemy of progress. Imagine life as a buffet – you don’t have to load up your plate with every single dish to enjoy the meal. Similarly, in your CIPS pursuits, you don’t need to be flawless right out of the gate.

So, you’re gearing up for your CIPS qualifications – bravo! Remember it’s okay if things don’t go exactly as planned. Those syllabus sections might look like they’ve been written in hieroglyphics, but let’s embrace mediocrity with open arms and a dash of humour.

Here’s a little secret – nobody ever won a gold medal in the “Perfect Procurement Olympics.” Neither do your scores for each exam get read out at your graduation, you either pass or fail.

Perfection is a myth, much like unicorns and self-cleaning ovens. Your journey towards CIPS excellence will involve stumbling blocks, mental acrobatics, and a sprinkle of trial and error. And guess what? That’s perfectly fine!

Guess what’s even better than being perfect? Progress! Every chapter you read, every module you conquer, every mini victory – they all accumulate into an impressive tale of growth and achievement which you get to celebrate at your Graduation surrounded by your friends and family.

I hope that you decide to take the leap and sign up for your CIPS qualifications. We offer CIPS training for Level 3 Advanced Certificate through to CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma, either with live virtual classes (Diamond Package) or our Distance Learning offering (Ruby Package)

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Keep shining, even if it’s with a gloriously average glow! ✨

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