The AP or professional organization as it’s also known as is the collection of people who share the same views in some field of industry. This organizations exist to grow, direct, and protect careers and industry related interest of doctors, lawyers, accountants, stock brokers, educators etc.
What are the real values of APs?
First thing is their value for credentialing and continuing education. It’s pretty important, pretty basic and you have to have it. Second thing what is important and what people do not realize is the industry insight you can get. What your competitors are doing, what’s happening with the industry, all of those things can be valuable for your marketing plan and career planning. The third one is, of course, talent acquisition. Finding the right people to work with your firm. Great place to do it in professional association because you can meet people and interact with them on a number of different levels. The fourth kinda advantage that’s being missed out is demonstrating specialized expertise.
They can do that throw a variety of ways there are often possible inside APs. Authoring a special report, presenting something at a conference, writing a paper or a piece of research all of those things can not only help your association but help establish your credentials with other people. And finally the fifth and the most important thing for a lot of people is referrals you get. If you demonstrate to your peers you have special expertise, special knowledge, that is a good reason for them to make a referral to you. There are obviously good reasons why you should stop and think about all the ways you can benefit by being actively involved in APs.
Why you should join one early?
With all these values, joining the professional association as a student or alumni provides you with the network in your area of interest, and can help you set apart from other applicants in the field. To find APs in your field of study or interest you can do online research or as someone in your network.