Meetups and Conferences

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN YOUR PROFESSIONAL BODY

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN YOUR PROFESSIONAL BODY

I am very pleased to say that last week I was awarded fellowship of the Institute of Physics (IOP).  This is something I have worked towards since finishing my first degree and I am very proud to be able to say that I am now a fellow of the IOP. 

Fellowship is the highest grade of membership in the IOP, if you want to know more about fellowship of the IOP: https://www.iop.org/membership/join/fellow/page_51405.html

I have been a member of 4 different professional bodies over my career, joining and leaving as my job has altered.  The one staple in the last 20 something years has been the IOP. I joined the IOP during the first week of my physics degree, to be fully honest I didn't realise exactly what they did at that point, but they offered me a monthly physics magazine, the best paper diary I have ever used and all for £16 for a 4 year membership. Bargain. Yes, this was back in the 90's when paper diaries were a thing and no, they haven't sent them out for years.  However, I was very glad that I decided to join as the benefits are far wider ranging than I could have imagined. 

I am going to discuss a few benefits of belonging to your professional body and some specific examples where I have benefited. 

A BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS

A BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS

I recently attended my first Institute of Physics business accelerator breakfast meeting.  The focus of this particular meeting was social media and how to use it for your business.  Having started my own business this year I thought it would be a good idea to go along and see how I could better use social media.  It was also a great opportunity to get some continued learning in, which can be very difficult to do when you work in a highly specialised area.