Many postsecondary education institutions have school chapters for occupational associations or societies, such as the Society for Human Resource Management or the American Society for Civil Engineers. Joining these organizations, especially at a new duty station, can help you meet new people who may act as personal and professional mentors in your new area.
Some of the benefits of joining a professional organization's student chapter include the following:
- Connecting with like-minded professionals in your potential career field
- Discussing topics such as schoolwork or current events
- Learning how your occupation operates in the real world
- Tutoring or student-to-student mentoring opportunities
- Gaining access to member publications or communications
- Networking opportunities and local chapter connections
Regardless of whether you are just beginning your studies or about to complete them, student occupational chapters have something to offer. Networking at the local level can open the doors to meet people who share common professional goals as well as local business professionals who can help prepare you to enter the workforce. Take advantage of the opportunities provided by student occupational chapters to gain an advantage in today's competitive job market.
Connect with your school's student union or with your instructor for additional information on how to join a student occupational chapter. Read The Value of Professional Associations for more information on how becoming a member can help enhance your career.