Africa Congress Elections 2017 Is here…

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There are a number of seats open for Africa representation at Congress. If your membership is up to date you have probably received the email this week. All I would say is this, if you are passionate about the procurement profession and you are interested in seeing CIPS get even bigger & better in Africa then you should put yourself up for nomination.

The Congress roles are all volunteer so before you ask you should know it is a volunteer role. That said however, there are a tonne of other benefits once you get in.  These Congress seats exist to help address the very different opportunities and challenges across the countries in Africa.

If you didn’t get the email but this somehow just peaked your interest you can get more information by sending an email to elections@cips.org

Congress members influence the Institute and the profession and are committed to making a difference in global Procurement and Supply through sharing their knowledge, experience, pride and passion. As a Congress member you will represent members, branches and regions, contribute to working groups and be the voice of the profession to the CIPS Global Board of Trustees – CIPS

Top Tips: CIPS Exams,1 week only

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I have often shared many tips to get you ready for CIPS exams. The process and strategy remains the same and sometimes all i tell people to do is just these tips:

  • Read your CIPS course books cover to cover, exams can come from anywhere in the book. Don;t even use additional material stick to the CIPS course books
  • Practice taking past papers questions. By now you need to have started using past papers. This helps you get used to the format of the questions, and – if you time yourself – can also be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of time on each section.
  • Dont panic sacrifice time now to study. With only 1 week to go, this week CIPS needs to be PRIORITY1 in your life, no shortcuts.

Need more help? I will personally respond to all your emails.

Hello July! 

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A new month,  with a few days to CIPS July exams.  Sometimes the sacrifice seems really tough,  I have been there many times I truly know the feeling. 

What you need to focus on is the end game,  your end game, which is yo prepare well enough that you never have to ever resit another exam or any exam. I know I say this often, but, preparation is KEY…  it is everything when it comes to CIPS. 

Need help? 

Its about your PREPARATION

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We talk so much about how preparation is key for successfully passing CIPS. I get a lot of emails from students who are preparing and I’ll be honest, to respond some of these emails will take me quite some time which I don’t always have.

That’s the main reason for the coaching/preparation – 30min call session where I address all your burning questions. Most times one query often leads to another and another and another.

Since I will not be responding emails in long details, I am happy to schedule a WhatsApp or Skype call. This way I take you through your questions in details. I have provided tonnes of free content here which you can easily navigate and access. The call gets you clarity: you prepare your questions before hand and I address them on the call – the plus side is we get to discuss in details. A call may not be for everyone, I do find that it helps students who have tonnes of questions from the course books or even from past paper questions. 

Let’s keep the CIPS momentum going.

3 Tips to Successfully Studying for CIPS Exams While Maintaining A Job

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One of the best and worst things about CIPS is that it is a self study as you work qualification. 

Honestly, if you are currently in a full-time job, you will find it pretty challenging to maintain a solid study schedule in the week days. So a few tips that I want to share that can work for you the way they worked for me are:

  • Schedule your time and use a time table if you must but stick to it. Honestly you have to make time to study that’s the bottom line that you have to keep in your head. 
  • Study daily, you must. Now for me evenings would work first thing when I used to get home but this can be early morning as well if that will make it work for you. 
  • Make the most of your weekends, there is so much time. A weekend is a good 48hrs and you can do A LOT in those hours. Sacrifice socialising because there will always be time for that.

What’s your biggest concerns as you prep for CIPS July exams?