Professional and trade associations are known to offer the training that employees do not acquire either at school or during on-the-job training. Professional associations specialize with handling individuals while Trade associations deal with companies. The American Society of Association reported a total of 92,000 trade and professional associations in 2010. The perks of joining such associations include educational programs, leadership roles, competing for industrial awards and building connections.
During the annual conferences, members interact with peers and other leaders in the industry. The connections aids members in the knowledge of work opportunities, and other career assistance. Membership in the societies provides access to online job boards, and to staff members that work with the association career centers. As the CEO of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy discloses that Membership in professional associations render members of the associations accountable since they have a code of ethics to adhere to. During recruitment, clients and hiring managers are more settled when handling individual members of professional associations.
According to Robert Ivy, membership in a professional organization gives a sense of belonging and credibility. The membership indicates that an individual is dedicated to the particular field of specialization and that the person is updated on the developments and the trends of the industry. By serving on the association’s committee, a person can demonstrate the leadership skills to future employers. Robert Ivy reveals that applying for and winning industrial awards aids in the creation of an outstanding resume. Robert Ivy discloses that some associations require members to have appropriate licenses, with which the membership indicates the level of proficiency in the industry.
Robert advises members of the professional association to include such information in their LinkedIn and resumes. Robert Ivy became the first architect to win the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The accolade is bestowed to artists, musicians, writers and patrons in Mississippi for their committed support to art. Ivy schooled in Sewanee where he attained a Bachelor’s degree in English. He also has a Master’s Degree in Architectural that he attained from Tulane University. Formerly, he worked as the Editor-in-Chief of the McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record.