13 Jul 2021

How professional memberships can advance your career

Professional development
How professional memberships can advance your career

Are you looking for a community of like-minded professionals where you can grow your network and stay up to date on what is happening in your profession? 

Joining a professional membership association can provide you with the resources, professional development, and opportunities that you need to excel in your career.
 

What are professional memberships?

A professional membership association is an organisation for professional workers in their relevant field or industry. Typically, every profession has at least one organisation that supports those who work in that field, such as project management.

These organisations promote continuing professional development and quality standards. Members have opportunities to network at events and learn more about what is happening in their industry. A quick online search will tell you what professional memberships are available in your chosen profession.

 
What are the benefits?

Networking

How many people do you know who managed to secure a role through someone they know? In fact, it’s estimated that up to 70% of jobs aren’t published on recruitment websites, yet job seekers are still spending most of their time applying for roles online rather than going out and talking to people. The old saying ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ still stands true.

While taking advantage of networking opportunities at your own company is important, a professional membership association will provide you with an even broader network of people. It gives you the opportunity to find out about what is happening in other industries, as well as discovering job opportunities you otherwise wouldn’t have known about. It’s never too late to gain an edge in a competitive job market.

Professional development and training

Whether you’re just starting your career or are a seasoned professional, membership with a professional association will help you keep a pulse on what is happening in your profession and industry. It will also provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills and competency in your field through the various benefits that come with your membership. Learning new skills not only looks good on your CV but shows that you want to improve yourself as a leader. The people who are at the top of their field never stop learning.

Access to free and discounted events

Joining a professional association gives you exclusive access to local events, webinars, and conferences that you otherwise wouldn’t have known about. Professional association memberships may also provide you with free subscriptions for magazines, newsletters and other publications that are relevant to your profession.

The opportunity to certify your skills

Many professional membership associations offer certification, which assesses your capability to perform in your chosen profession. Having your skills evaluated through a certification program shows potential employers that you have the capabilities that the profession requires, and the skills needed to fulfil business objectives.
 

 

 

AIPM vs other project management memberships

So, what makes the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) different to other project management memberships? Below are some key differences:

1. Australia's largest project management community

Unlike other project management associations that are based overseas, AIPM is aligned to the Australian way of working and focuses on local project management standards. AIPM is also the largest and most exclusive online community of project managers in Australia with over 8,000 members. By becoming an AIPM member it will allow you to stay up to date with what’s happening near you and provide you with the opportunity to collaborate with your peers.

2. AIPM has relationships with some of Australia’s largest organisations

Many of our organisational partners, including organisations such as Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), Aurecon and BAE Systems, encourage their employees to have membership with us. We have a range of organisational package options that have benefits for individual memberships, event tickets, sponsorship, mentoring and more. See the full list of our partners here.

3. Membership is tax deductible for project professionals

Anyone who works as a project management professional in Australia can claim a deduction on their membership fee. You can use your invoice as evidence of the amount paid. Read our tax checklist article on what you can claim as a project professional for more information.

4. You can certify your project management skills

AIPM offers a Registered Project Manager (RegPM) certification that is recognised across Australia. There are many benefits to becoming RegPM certified including better career opportunities, demonstrating your commitment to your job, and strengthening your credibility across industries. The 2021 AIPM Project Management Professional Survey also showed those who had completed AIPM’s certification earn around 14% more than non-certified project managers.

5. AIPM advocates on your behalf

We advocate on behalf of our members to government organisations and industry. Through our advocacy program we aim to ensure project professionals are recognised as important contributors to our community, and that project management is adapted as a core capability across all organisation levels and industries.

6. Mentorship opportunities

Our mentoring program pairs project managers starting out with more experienced professionals to provide professional development. It’s a great way for mentees to hear from someone with a wealth of knowledge and mentors to pass on their knowledge to up and coming project managers.

 

Regardless of what stage you are in your career, joining a professional membership association can help support your professional development. Growing your network and meeting project managers across different industries can provide you with new insights and may even land you your next job. Learn more about AIPM membership and supercharge your career today.
 

 

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