Whereas college and on-job-training boards impart graduates with the knowledge they need to improve their workplace productivity, professional societies play a significant role in the graduates’ career success. How?
Following are the different ways in which organizations help young professional’s to advance to the industry’s top tier.
1. The organizations provide an excellent networking platform
According to Robert Ivy, a senior executive at the American Institute of Architects, professional organizations hold annual summits that connect employees to their prospective employers.
The conferences present young professionals with an opportunity to meet and share ideas with peers and as well as successful pacesetters. Besides networking, societies organize contests that boost the credibility of young professionals.
2. Professional organizations have an archive of educational materials
Many professional organizations have a library of data, tools, and other learning materials tailored to the needs of its members. Most of the organizations have a team of researchers who replenish their library with fresh information.
Robert Ivy says that the resources are essential for new employees, or creatives who wish to reinvent the wheel. “Accessing important data and information from an association’s archive is easier than piloting your research,” adds Reggie Henry, an administrative officer at ASAE.
3. The organizations help its members to hunt for new openings
The professional organizations help its members to establish strong relationships with prospective employers through networking. On the other hand, some professional societies organize job fairs, regional receptions, and professional networks that help its members to discover and apply for new job openings.
4. They lobby for the industry’s best interests
Apart from helping its members to develop their career, professional societies advocate for its member’s best interests. Robert Ivy claims that joining such an organization is the best way to enhance its lobbying power.
Who is Robert Ivy?
Mr. Ivy is a senior executive at the American Institute of architects. Before joining AIA, Mr. Ivy worked as an editor of the Architectural Record journal, and the vice president of McGraw-Hill Construction Media. Moreover, Ivy worked as a member of Frank Gehry, the architect firm which designed the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.
Learn more about Robert Ivy: https://www.clintonfoundation.org/blog/authors/robert-ivy-0