Learning is an important part of the professional journey which takes places in school and also in service. Joining a professional association such as the American Institute of Architects whose CEO is Robert Ivy is another way to stay in the know. Professional organizations are a great way to network and hold annual conferences at which professionals meet and share on issues affecting them. Members also get to learn about research, up and coming trends and policies. Joining a professional organization even while unemployed can give one an edge not only because it looks good on their resume but because it means they have a larger store of information.
Being part of a professional organization also enables professionals to speak in one voice on issues that affect their area. Speaking on this Robert Ivy the CEO of American Institute of Architects points out that although the architect community in the US is smaller compared to others they have been able to influence tax legislation. Joining a professional organization means that one has increased the association’s power to lobby for policy changes and other issues affecting members.
If one is a job seeker joining a professional organization has many benefits. Most professional organizations hold job fairs alongside their yearly conferences or separately. Here unemployed members or those looking to change jobs can find companies or organizations looking to hire new staff. Apart from that being part of a professional organization makes it possible for one to access the groups’ online message boards and fins vacancies that may be listed there.
Since most professional organizations require that members have certain qualifications job seeking members will find that they will stand out among job applicants. The fact that professional organizations like the AIA expects members to hold certain values and are held accountable by the association according to Robert Ivy and this makes them more attractive to prospective employers.
About Robert Ivy
Robert Ivy is the CEO and Executive Vice President of American Institute of Architects. He holds a masters degree in Architecture from Tulane University. He is the author of Fay Jones: Architect a biography of the former student of Frank Lloyd Wright.