The way of the world is meeting people through other people.
- Robert Kerrigan

Join a Professional Association

Did you know?

Joining a Professional Association while still on campus can help students learn about their prospective career paths and offer a wealth of experiential and networking opportunities. Professional organizations exist for almost every profession from artists to zoo keepers. These non-profit organizations host meetings, conventions, and virtual workshops. Introduce your students to Professional Associations via the California Career Café where students can access a Professional Association database by pathway

Try this…

  • Ask your students about Professional Associations…

What is a Professional Association?
Can you name some Professional Associations?
Why join a Professional Association?

  • Share your own Professional Association experiences.
  • View video.
  • Access this Professional Association database and identify associations related to your discipline.
  • Distribute the Student Activity, review the directions, and complete.
  • Discuss the possibilities and power of networking cards.

Add an Experience!

Have students try the Associations Lessons on CaCareerCafe.com. Encourage students to make a personal connection via phone, email or in person using their networking card as part of their introduction.