Robert Ivy, a treasured architect in the United States’ construction industry, states that professional organizations play a huge role in one’s career. They protect their members’ best interests, and they nurture their member’s career.
How do professional organizations nurture your career?
1. They improve your credibility and professionalism
Joining a professional society is a sure way to enhance your credibility. Robert Ivy recommends this career growth strategy to junior employees or fresh graduates who lack the professional umbrella of a reputable employer.
CEO of AIA, Robert argues that a job seeker who belongs to a professional society has improved chances of getting a job than their counterparts who don’t belong to a professional organization.
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2. Joining a professional organization increases its lobbying power
Many professional organizations collaborate with their members to coalesce policymakers into making decisions that favor the interests of the professional network. On that account, joining the harmonious society would increase its lobbying power and influence.
Sometimes, professional associations organize conferences, luncheons, and other functions that unite executives, job seekers, and other people with a shared career interest.
Such functions present junior employees and fresh graduates with a rare opportunity to develop strong relationships with peers who share common interests. Peer relationships could lead to work engagements.
How do you find the right professional association?
Finding the right professional association can be an uphill task since the career market hosts several societies. For instance, Robert Ivy says that the accounting sector has over nine associations.
So, how would you choose the right professional organization from the numerous options offer? Ivy proposes that you ask for recommendations from your trusted colleagues. Besides friends’ suggestions, you should shop around for a professional group that guarantees to expand your network, expose you to more employment opportunities, as well as boosts your professional skills.
About Robert Ivy
Ivy is an award-winning architect and architectural editor. In 2018, the Mississippi Institute of Arts honored him with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement award which is given to exceptional patrons of art. Moreover, Robert is the award winner of Alpha Rho Chi’s ‘Master Architect’ title.