The KEY to Expanding Your Network: Professional Associations Brittany Chu USC Career Center Why Are You Here Today? • What programs are people in? • Why I chose this topic • Define: Professional associations • What do YOU get out of joining them? • Define: Networking Already Part of a Professional Association? Learning Outcomes • By the end of this presentation you will have: • Explored various professional associations online • Thoughtfully considered the organizations you would like to join • Looked into potential conferences you can attend • Learned how to network effectively • Practiced exchanging business cards • Learned how to maintain contacts after events BEFORE 1. Research Professional Associations • • • • Mission statement Values Beliefs Quality check: • Research (ie: journal articles published regularly) • Current Events • Current Members • Membership Fees + Subscriptions + Benefits • Future Goals Navigating the Career Center Website http://careers.usc.edu/ Investigate Their Impact on the Field • Walk through various websites: • IEEE (Electrical Engineering) • PRSA.org (Public Relations) • FGI.org (Fashion Group International) • NASPA.org (Higher Education & Student Affairs) • Gwen Dungy tribute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkhmRAjiqJs&feature=related • 2011 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h37NLuD4wB0 • What industry are YOU interested in? 2. Join Professional Associations • The ones that resonate with you the most! • After becoming a member, sign up for: • Updates • Blogs • Newsletters • Membership Benefits • Keep current & up-to-date on the latest trends and movements in field! This will keep you ahead of the curve! DURING 3. Seek Out Professional Development Activities • • • • • • • Local, regional, & national conferences Round-table discussions Mixers Socials Workshops Webinars Panels 4. Network With Professionals • • • • • That are in your field of interest Laterally (ACROSS with peers/colleagues) Vertically (UP with senior level practitioners) Vista Print: Print 250 FREE business cards! Create a LinkedIN account! *NASPA Placement Exchange in Arizona 2012 http://www.theplacementexchange.org/event/ *Social Media Revolution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SuNx0UrnEo 5. Exchange Business Cards (Activity) Before: • Prepare what you would like to say • Remain calm, cool, and collected heading in- SMILE! During: • Shake their hand and introduce yourself • Find commonalities and similar points of interest • Remember to stay confident, relaxed, & comfortable After: • Write down context of conversation on back of each card • E-mail employers immediately when it’s fresh in your mind AFTER 6. Maintain Contacts After Events • Keep in touch with those met at professional development events through E-mail • Stay in constant communication; Check-in • Great for future references! • Referrals, Letters of Recommendation • Resource: Connect you to others in their field My Personal Journey PAST: • • • • • UC San Diego: Undergrad Visited Career Center Soph Yr Counsel from Career Advisor changed my life! NASPA, CISAC, & SLI in Seattle, Washington Applied to Graduate School for Masters Programs PRESENT: • • USC 2ND Year of Grad school: M.Ed PASA Program Philly, PA. Graduate Intern here- Full circle! Concluding Remarks You are now equipped with the resources to: • Network comfortably & confidently! • Join professional associations that speak to you • Tap into your strengths & talents • You now have the SECRET to establishing, maintaining, strengthening, and expanding your network! So go out and do it! And share what you’ve learned today with others! Any Questions?