The latest round of CIPR Advanced Certificate and Diploma results have just been announced.
It is great when there is a high success rate, but perhaps that is even more difficult on the candidates who fail to achieve the required standard than when several of their cohort get bad news.
I’m always impressed by those who take failure on the chin, appreciate the feedback they receive and are determined to improve when they have to retake an assignment. At least they have the opportunity – in the past, school or University used to be much more along the lines of having one shot and then feeling like a failure in that topic for life (my unclassified grade in Latin O level is a fine example).
Of course not everyone reacts well and some candidates feel de-motivated and may give up their studies. That is a real shame as there’s a lot to be said for learning from our failures.
Provided you are able to gain feedback and learn what to do better next time, failure isn’t all bad. I’m concerned sometimes that those who scrape through may not realise their work needs improvement.
I also think it is important to realise that passing or not passing an assignment relates entirely to what you did and not to who you are.