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Becoming a member of a professional association is proactive, smart and fun. It’s a great way to meet new people and develop your network, at the same time as developing industry skills and knowledge.
Professional associations have many purposes and functions which you can read about on the Graduate Opportunities website.
For the purpose of networking, students are eligible to join most associations as a student member, and take part in activities:
As a student, you may be apprehensive about what being a member involves. The first step to overcome this obstacle is to browse listings of professional associations to find one of interest. The second step is to contact them directly to have a chat about the benefits of being a member. If you feel comfortable after having a chat, you can then go ahead and sign up.