Professional organizations aim to support the professional development and interests of their members. They attract members by providing cutting-edge information and programs for professional growth and access to strong networks. These organizations typically target a particular industry and / or a diverse group of people within that industry.
Participating in a professional organization that considers diversity as well as industry has great professional and personal benefits. I will briefly explain four of these benefits.
- networking.. Professional organizations are a great access point for building relationships with other professionals. Joining an organization with a similar background gives you the opportunity to have a unique and strong connection to your shared work experience, challenges and successes. Each organization may organize networking opportunities in different ways. Some offer formal mentorship / coaching programs, while others offer more informal activities for connectivity. However, this form of professional support system is a great way to collaborate to provide tips, inspiration, and stories.
- Access to resources.. To focus on professional progress, you need to provide members with access to resources. Professional organizations usually sponsor and / or promote the latest research and information. Diverse professional organizations bring awareness of current population-specific problems and ideas on how to tackle them. Research treatises, blogs, and newsletters are several ways these organizations can keep their members up to date.
- education.. Ongoing learning opportunities are the key to professional growth. Within an organization, these usually take the form of meetings, seminars, workshops, webins, or other classes. Some professional organizations may also be recognized within the industry and also offer certifications suitable for adding to your resume.
- Employment opportunities. Many professional organizations provide a place on their website where members can share work and internship opportunities. The good thing about this is that members of the organization are confident enough in their positive experience with their employer to encourage other members to apply. These companies may have an Employee Resource Group (ERG), an employee-led group that supports an inclusive workplace.
Now that you know the benefits of participating, how do you choose the right professional organization? With so many options, here are some steps to help you through the process:
- to see.. Search for specialized institutions. We recommend starting with the UConn Center for Career Development resources. This page More than 15 specialized organizations are listed, especially for Asian / Asian American / Pacific students, depending on industry and interests.
- the study.. What can an organization offer you as a member? Check your organization’s mission, resources, and events. Is there a cost to participate? It is very common for professional organizations to charge an annual fee. See if they offer student discounts. If you are already hired, talk to your employer to see if your professional development and organizational costs are covered.
- evaluate.. Can this organization support your professional goals? Do they have information related to your career choices? When you’re ready, go ahead and join us.
Regardless of which organization you choose, we encourage you to be an active member. Don’t miss the many opportunities they can offer for growth and connection!
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4 Benefits of Joining a Professional Organization for Asian / Asian American / Pacific Islands Students – UConn Center for Career Development
https://career.uconn.edu/blog/2021/03/05/4-benefits-of-joining-a-professional-organization-for-asian-asian-american-pacific-islander-students/ 4 Benefits of Joining a Professional Organization for Asian / Asian American / Pacific Islands Students – UConn Center for Career Development