In these uncertain times, a strong knowledge base of the industry you work in can help you excel in your current role and prepare you for future career moves. The same is true for being active with peers among your own discipline group, and also the professions that your job responsibilities involve you with, such as event management.
Getting involved with a professional organisation and actively participating in regular events and networking opportunities, can foster stronger business connections to help you achieve better results in your job.
Inspiration & motivation
Industry and association events are a rich source of information and inspiration. Surround yourself with like-minded professionals who are just as keen to learn from, and motivate, you. Networking with those who have a similar background and experience and who share your frustrations can also ease the isolation you might be feeling.
For most people, creating professional relationships is important, and joining a group allows you to have a sense of security and trust. From this, you are able to support and help one another in reaching your professional goals.
Professional organisations often provide access to mentors or you can become a leader yourself, which you may not have the chance to do in your day-to-day role.
Education, knowledge and professional development
Industry associations have access to new educational materials and exclusive resources which may help with your career and personal development. By tapping into these resources, members can stay ahead of competitors.
Increasing your peer network with like-minded professionals, can assist you with building your social capital. Be top of mind for career opportunities, speaking engagements and committee invitations. Making contacts is vital to you career development. Becoming a member of an association gives a myriad of opportunities on a local, and sometimes even global, level.
You will need to commit personal time to attend networking events, often held after work. Active involvement is crucial to getting the most out of your membership and in developing relationships and business opportunities.
Being active in your industry can also help you build a better resume. Prospective employers often look for resumes and LinkedIn profiles of people who are dedicated to staying connected in their profession.
Events such as Get Global, the one-day MICE (meetings incentives conferences & exhibitions) trade event dedicated to event organisers who manage overseas events, and a recent winner of the Exhibition of the Year at the MEA (Meetings & Events Australia) 2017 NSW Industry Awards, is a great way to get out in your industry. Meet, learn and increase your knowledge of international operators to take your MICE business to.
Get Global – Where the World Meets, will be held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney on Friday 20th July, 2018.
Gary Bender, Co-Founder and Director,Get Global