How Students see Educational Bodies in 2017
The University of Birmingham looked into what are the benefits of a graduate joining a professional body. They asked graduates
what they knew about professional bodies and would they join one. 65% of the graduates said the biggest turnoff was the cost
of joining. 24% said it was necessary for their field. 43% said they would consider it. Professional bodies are very useful
to graduates if they are studying for a very niche profession where the network would be a small number.
We asked some professional bodies what they thought were some of the top reasons students should join one and this is what they said:
- Being a student member of a professional body not only looks good on your CV, but also shows a level of early commitment to a career area, (the key aspect recruiters are looking for) particularly if you get involved in the association's activities.
- Many offer student memberships for free, or a very low annual membership fee, student membership to a professional body can be great value in kick-starting your career.
- You're likely to get regular news updates, and many professional institutions disseminate key information and knowledge through publications and journals, online services and events.
- You don't have to wait until you are employed to benefit from the resources and knowledge base of a professional body.