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
November 2023
M1
3
2nd Oct, 16th Oct, 30th Oct
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

Level 6 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
November 2023
M1
3
5th Oct, 19th Oct, 9th November
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

Level 5 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
November 2023
M1 & M2
4
4th Oct, 11th Oct, 18th Oct, 25th Oct, 1st Nov, 8th Nov
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

Level 4 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
November 2023
M1 & M2
5
3rd Oct, 10th Oct, 17th Oct, 24th Oct, 7th Nov
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