Why You Should Join Professional Development Orgs

Hannah Lackey • March 10, 2023

Whether you’re interested in joining a global or national association, an industry-specific organization, or a local community group, professional development organizations come with many benefits.

For one, membership typically provides access to learning opportunities and industry-specific information. Some professional organizations offer courses, conferences, labs, virtual discussions, and more, which help you stay in touch with members and cultivate a community conducive to asking questions, discussing trends, and learning from one another. There is so much information at your fingertips and you should use all of the resources that are available to you.

When you join an organization, there are countless opportunities to build your network through meetings, committees, events, happy hours, etcetera. Carving out time for these should be a priority, as it’s a great way to meet new people and establish new connections. Take advantage of these events, step out of your comfort zone and spark conversations with people inside or outside your industry. Not only will this build your own professional network, but you may also cultivate new friendships.

Among the myriad of professional development organizations, there are also organizations that merge industry and community service. You may discover new hobbies and newfound passions for social issues.

Professional development is about putting yourself out there, developing meaningful relationships and leveraging the multitude of resources available to you. Get out there, join a professional organization, you’ll discover new perspectives and a newfound appreciation for your community, profession, and yourself.

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