Excelling in a given career requires more than educational certificates and other professional skills. You need networks to help you remain informed in the current industry developments. Robert Ivy, the current head of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) highlights this as one of the reasons you need to affiliate yourself with at least one professional organization.
In the past few decades, more professionals have to appreciate the importance of these institutions resulting in their popularity surge. For instance, a report by the American society of association executives stated that there are currently over 92,000 trade and professional associations in the United States alone. But what are the benefits of aligning with one of these associations:
Access to industry information
Members of a particular professional organization have ready access to information relating to the industry in which they operate through newsletters, websites, webinars, and even conferences. This info could prove to be incredibly beneficial to people who are just starting their careers as it educates them on industry trends and areas that need to be improved upon.
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Robert Ivy also mentions that being a member of a professional association like the AIA also creates a networking bridge for workers. The annual conferences and corporate events held by such associations bring together myriads of workers and in effect give members an opportunity to network with other professionals. As a result, they can use these connections to advance their careers.
Some employers will not give considerations to individuals without professional body affiliations. Belonging to such an association, therefore, improves your credibility while ensuring that your interests and rights as s worker are protected by the association.
About Robert Ivy
Robert Ivy is the current chief executive officer and also the executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects, having taken up this position in 2011. He has helped the institute expand on its national membership as well as achieve more readerships for its architectural journal.
Over the years Robert has received several honors and awards for his leadership and editorial skills. For instance, in 2009, he received the Crain Award and most recently became the first architect to bag the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement accolade.