Weekend Poll: Professional Associations & Networks

In my Real Careers interviews, we routinely discuss professional associations and networks – and the benefits derived from active participation in such bodies.

Today, for the fifth consecutive year, I’m inviting all readers to have your say on professional networks and associations.

Which networks are you proud to claim as your own?

… and how do they impact you? As is the norm, I’ve designed this Weekend Poll so that you should be able to complete it in five minutes or less. 

Please share this poll

with colleagues and peers in your various networks, as we look at …


How professional associations and networks impact your career

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Please take a couple of minutes to complete the poll below, and check back here for results.

YesNo
1 (internal network)1 (external network or association)23456>6
I'm not aware of one in my areaI'm not interestedBudget constraintsTime constraints
YesNo; we don't have oneNo; we have one but membership is role-based and I'm not eligibleNo; we have one but I'm too busy/the schedule doesn't work outNo; I'm just not interested
Strongly agreeAgreeDisagree
standard operating procedures (SOPs)
workflow
streamlined processes
processes, protocols, policies better understood
templates - support consistency, professionalism and create efficiencies
skills enhancement
increased confidence
public speaking skills development
leadership opportunities
contribute to initiatives that stretch/ showcase my skills
less reinvention of the wheel
reduction/ breaking down of silos
general sense of collaboration, support
mentorship opportunities - formal or informal
supports succession planning
opportunities for assistants' voices/ insights to be heard
a sense that I'm not in this alone
improved morale
opportunities to elevate my profile/ reputation
good for employee engagement
increased transparency/ information flow
better comms re initiatives/ programs/ changes to be implemented
better insights on the organisation
advocacycontactscredential/ certificationconferences /skillsconfidenceissue/ trend insightsleadership skillspeer support
1
2
3
<1 year1-2 years3-5 years6-8 years9-10 years11-15 years16-20 years21-25 years26+ years
YesNoNot yet, but that's a good idea
YesNo
Yes; I’ve communicated this to my employerYes; my employer recognises this independent of my communications on the matterNo
YesNoIt's early days; I don't yet know
YesNo
YesNo
0%1-5%6-10%11-20%21-30%31-40%41-50%>50%
Network/association 1
Network/association 2
Other networks/associations
Self-fundedEmployer-fundedSelf- and employer-fundedN/A – no associated costs or fees
YesNo
YesNo
YesNo
WebsiteEmailFacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterYouTubeOther
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

 

 

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