TRIPLE III TIME: Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations:  “An organization or group a person belongs to based on involvement in a particular profession.”

As I have regularly discussed and encouraged professional development and keeping an accurate life-long record of where you have worked…your education credentials…special achievements and awards; I realize one area that I have “skipped-over” is identifying Professional Affiliations.  You all know what I am referring to.  I mean having a membership with organizations like:  Chambers of Commerce, alumni groups, education associations, Farm Bureau…and the list goes on.  And in most instances their value comes out during a job search action or career change.  Specifically Professional Affiliations are most often listed on resumes to demonstrate one’s involvement in personal development beyond a day job.

This week’s TRIPLE III TIME message however will go beyond just words on paper and focus on the “action value” of maintaining Professional Affiliations.  During my career I can not even guess the never-ending benefits I have obtained from my Professional Affiliation networks!  Example benefits include basic sharing and learning about new ideas, extending interests in a professional growth area, participating in a cool event and/or just obtaining independent advice on an issue or problem.  These are not just stagnant, readable benefits…they are activities that show how your Professional Affiliations are a vital part of your ever growing/changing career.

It is also important NOT to minimize any personal growth/development group you are or HAVE BEEN part of.  Being involved in a church choir, joining the FFA, becoming a band or National Honor Society member…and on and on!  You will never know when or where one of your Professional Affiliations (old or new) may help you.

Bottomline:  Take stock of your TOTAL Professional Affiliations.  Take action to appreciate their written and action value.  Finally keep building your Professional Affiliations in a diverse way…the benefits are endless.

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About Inspiring Innovations, Inc.

Marv Pichla is currently the owner and Creative Advisor for his own small business, Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Sharing his unique experience with entrepreneurship and innovation in public service, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting-up Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! As Executive Director, Marv used public sector innovation as his guide for the organizations regional career development, employment service, education and strategic planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the education principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Center Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minnesota. Marv can be reached at:

Posted on February 11, 2022, in DEVELOPING YOU!. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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