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Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of joining a professional association.
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Asked 12/26/2013 2:37:49 PM
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Weegy: No matter what your chosen field of study, as a graduate student you want to remain in the mainstream of your desired field. Of course there are numerous ways that this could be accomplished - networking, trade and professional journals, etc. [ However, one great way to draw on all of those resources is to join a professional association. Professional organizations are available for almost any career field. You may join while enrolled in school or after graduation. However, fees are greatly reduced for students who are still in college. In addition to providing information about your chosen field, professional organizations enhance your professional development and provide endless networking opportunities. Associations may also provide monetary returns such as tuition assistance through private grants and fellowships. Thanks to ever-growing digital technologies, information abounds. But sometimes sifting through the tons of information available can be mind-boggling, not to mention time consuming. Professional associations publish journals, newsletters, and websites with invaluable information on up-to-date issues and developments in your specific field of interest. Professional associations frequently also coordinate professional development conferences replete with industry related trade shows and facilitated networking opportunities. Further, prospective employers seek out individuals whose field knowledge is not solely dependent on college studies; therefore, association memberships are excellent supplements for your resume. Memberships convey to an employer that you are dedicated to your field of study, just as your savoir-faire during an interview will have you shining above other applicants. Your membership could also open doors of opportunity as you are provided with greater exposure to the job market - many organizations provide "members only" job listings in their publications. Professional organizations are easy to find if you know where to look. Your career center and campus library can normally provide you with resources for on-campus and local chapters. One resource you may want to ask them for is the National Trade & Professional Associations Directory (published by Columbia Books). ]
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Advantages of joining a professional association:
networking with your peers, learning the latest industry developments and attending educational seminars.
Disadvantages of joining a professional association:
fees, time commitment, other expenses like association breakfasts, lunches and dinners as well as transportation costs or gas expenses.
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