The Graduate Gazette
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November 14th, 2013 Edition

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The Value of Professional Organizations

Given the number of responsibilities that you juggle on a daily basis, joining a professional organization may not be one of your top priorities. However, such thinking can cause you to miss out on the numerous benefits that membership to a professional organization offers. Whether you join an industry-specific group, a special-focus organization, or a neighborhood-based association, you'll make valuable professional contacts, gain access to a wealth of useful information, and enjoy some or all of the following benefits:

Exclusive online resources: The websites of most professional organizations have "members-only" sections that provide access to a variety of databases and message boards, as well as listserv subscriptions so that you can be notified via e-mail about upcoming events, open positions in the field, and special activities that may not be open to the general public. If your organization is on LinkedIn, join their group to receive additional updates and participate in discussions.

Networking opportunities: When you join a professional organization, you'll deepen existing professional relationships and make new contacts on a regular basis. Such networking goes beyond the exchange of business cards - as you attend periodic meetings, become active on a committee or take a prominent leadership role, you'll forge lasting ties with others who have common professional interests and similar industry concerns. These relationships will be a rich, ongoing source of inspiration and ideas.

Education: Many professional organizations offer their members the chance to update their knowledge of industry basics or acquire new skills through seminars, workshops, break-out sessions at conferences and online courses. Continuous professional development is what will ensure your growth in the field!

Free or discounted publications: Membership in many groups includes a free subscription to the organization's magazine. Some associations also offer their members free publications and discounts on CDs, journals, videos/DVDs and other materials.

Conferences and seminars: Members are often given priority registration for their organization's national convention and may receive discounts on conference fees or special rates on related expenses, such as hotel reservations and car rentals.

Dependable support system: Members of professional organizations can often take advantage of formal coaching or mentoring relationships with more experienced people in the field who provide guidance and useful insights. Even on an informal basis, such relationships can be a source of answers and solutions when you're facing a challenging situation in your work. At the very least, the feeling that you have a support network behind you can boost your confidence when problems arise.
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Upcoming Workshops & Events
Don't Miss Out on These Great Opportunities!
Federal Government Roundtable 
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 
6:00pm - 8:00pm 
Gerard Dining Hall


Are you interested in interning or working for the Federal Government?  Well then this event is for YOU!  Back again after a wildly popular debut last fall, the Federal Government Roundtable event brings representatives from top federal agencies to MU for an interactive information and networking session.  Students who attend will have the chance to personally connect with federal employees and receive inside information on how to successfully navigate a federal internship/job search and application.  Followed by a networking hour where refreshments will be served, this is the "DO NOT MISS!" event of the Fall semester.  

***REGISTRATION for this event IS REQUIRED!!! Please arrive by 5:45 to ensure your slot is kept. Students who do not register in advance may sign up on a waitlist at the registration table on the day of the event.  If any slots open up, waitlisted students will be admitted on a first come-first served basis starting at 5:55 pm.  Students must be present when their name is called to be admitted.  All students are expected to arrive at the event in professional clothing. No sneakers, no flip-flops, no jeans. 
Please note that students arriving later than 6:00 pm may not be admitted until the networking portion of the evening at 7:15pm.    
Center for Career Services
Suite 1005, Rowley Hall

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