Most of what workers know come from school as well as on-the-job training, but there is always more to learn. As such, professional societies come in to play. On the other hand, trade associations have companies as its members, but professional associations go for individual workers. If you are joining a professional association, you are bound to benefit from educational programs. You also get a chance to network, build credibility through leadership roles as well as the competitions for industry awards.
Professional associations are famous for their data and tools that they make available. This is achieved through seminars, webinar, and newsletters that have treasured information to cater to the needs of their members. Most of these associations have staff members who carry out original research. The provision of these resources helps those people starting in the workplaces or those who have the urge to start all over.
Big annual conferences are also synonymous with professional bodies. Members come together and get a chance to meet leaders and peers in their field, making informal connections and formal ties which brings to the fore the availability of job openings and securing offers. These association functions help members to establish relationships that culminate to more opportunities.
Conversely, trade associations focus on political lobbying, but some professional bodies have branches that engage in these efforts too. The idea is to sway policymakers into making important decisions from which their members can benefit.
Robert Ivy became the editor in chief of the Architectural Record in 1996 and had helped it to become the most read architectural journal in the world. He has also served as Juror on the panel that Frank Gehry the go-ahead to design the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. Robert Ivy received several always one of them being the Crain Award, which is the highest recognition for a person from American Business Media.
Robert Ivy is the CEO of the American Institute of Architects and holds a Masters of Architecture from the Tulane University. Robert Ivy also graduated Cum Laude with a degree in English from the University of the South, Sewanee.