Having taken over the top leadership positions at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in February 2011, Robert Ivy recently extolled upon the benefits of joining a professional organization whatever industry you work in. They really help people get ahead in their careers in multiple beneficial ways and are well worth the time, money, and effort involved.
Robert Ivy started out with ticking off the educational resources you can access at professional organizations. Most take a lot of pride in providing as much information as they can to their members, including in-house research they conduct. Whether someone is just starting out in the workplace or are further advanced in their careers there is usually some educational opportunity available.
There is a reason that professional organizations have big annual conferences and that is bringing people together to learn and network. People can develop relationships with others in their professions whether its during an informal talk over coffee or in an education session.
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Robert Ivy says that being a member of a professional organization can help you get further in your career by collecting credentials. These give you credibility and show that you are committed to your career. They also show that you stay up with the latest developments and trends in your industry. Some also have a code of ethics, Like the AIA, which lets clients and hiring managers know that you have committed to being responsible in your work.
As both a writer and architect, Robert Ivy has always been interested in both lines of work and merging them together. He has both a bachelor of arts degree in English and a master’s degree in Architecture. After founding an architectural firm he started offering his services as a critic to architectural magazines and publication
It was the writing and architectural abilities of Robert Ivy that led to him being named as the editorial director and V.P. at McGraw-Hill. He is especially notable for leading Architectural Record into being the design industry’s leading magazine as its editor in chief. It was his high profile in the industry, his management capabilities, and advocacy for responsible human-centered design that led to him taking on the role of leading the AIA.
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