No one likes to fail.
Failing hurts your soul - or at least it does mine.
No one likes to advertise failure.
And by writing this now, I have not only failed, but I am advertising my failure.
In the industry I work in there is a certification called the Certified Manager of Community Associations, or CMCA®. Before you can apply to take this exam, you have to have taken and passed the M-100 which is The Essentials of Community Association Management. I took (and passed) the M:100 in February 2011. Back then I was still managing associations, so everything was more fresh and on the brain. Yes, I still work in the association management industry, but in a much different capacity then managing an association.
Last summer I studied my little heart out to take the exam; but then I got sidetracked with being pregnant. DUH! And then I put studying on the back burner, until recently.
I'll be honest...I didn't study enough. There, I said it; however, hindsight is always 20-20.
To make matters worse, you only get reimbursed for the $300 cost of this exam if you pass the exam. And, now if I want to take it again, I have to pay $250. Double ugh!
Henry Ford said, "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." While I do not know my exact score of the exam - you only see pass or fail - I do know the subject areas that I did not do well in. They include 1) Budgets, Reserves, Investments and Assessments, 2) Risk Management & Insurance, and 3) Property Maintenance.
I did best in Contracting and Human Resources Management.
Now that I know that I am OK in contracting and human resources management, I am not going to study as much in those areas. I am going to put a higher focus on the three worst areas, and then the other areas that I just did meh in.
And, my husband, who IS an association manager has said he will help me study this go around, which I will definitely take! I clearly did not do well on the operational side of the exam, so I want to make sure I emphasize studying in those areas.
I'm not going to beat around the bush either. I'm going to study and hopefully take this exam again within the next couple months. Maybe set a goal of by my 30th birthday. That way I don't drag my feet another year and then set myself up for failure by delaying it for so long.
Hi there! I'm Kara, of taking KARA myself! I've dabbled in blogging off and on for a while now. Mostly off. But I'm trying to change that and make a dent in this side of the world wide web. Enjoy!