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By Lacey FinleyKaplan University School of Health Sciences
act of selecting a professional organization can be daunting, particularly for
students and recent graduates who are new to their selected field or still
working to fully identify their career goals. As a student or graduate, ask yourself the following questions to pause and evaluate:
proactive step is to be involved in student organizations at the university
level. Make the most of the connections
and resources available to you while you are working on your degree. These opportunities will be of great value to
you during your time at the university and long after graduation. Beyond connections, student organizations
provide a preview of what it is like to be a member of a professional
Kaplan University offers
numerous student organizations including, Diversity Club, SALUTE Veterans
National Honor Society, Student Advisory Board, the Society for Collegiate
Leadership and Achievement, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Ambassadors and
Leaders Group, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. If you do not know where to start in your
student organization exploration, visit the Kaplan University’s Student Life
Student Organization page for a full list of clubs, groups, and honor
organization membership benefits vary. The benefit variance can drive the yearly membership cost. It is important to be thoughtful regarding
what benefits are included with the professional membership cost. For example, the Association for Healthcare Administrative Professionals (AHCAP) provides free webinars, a quarterly
newsletter, discussion forums, and access to social media networking
channels. The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) provides members with the
opportunity to connect with professionals in their local chapters, three topic
specific publications distributed throughout the year, and potential
certification programs. AAHAM offers a
student membership that provides students with three publications and well as
job bank and networking access.
be thoughtful about your current career path and evaluate what organization or
organizations will be of the most benefit to you. Examine what areas of research and
professional development are of interest to you. Look at the organization’s publications. Will you actively read the publication
articles? Will the resources available
to you be of value to you from a professional standpoint? These questions should drive the selection
benefits, be thoughtful about what you have to offer to the organization. Professional organization membership is a
joint effort among professionals for the betterment of their industry. Regard professional organization membership
as an act of contributing. Consider your
areas of interest and research. Be
thoughtful about what you can contribute at the local and national level.
In order to
prepare for continued engagement in professional organizations students should
consider becoming involved in university sponsored groups, clubs, and honor
societies. From there, consider joining AAHAM
as a student member to get a better understanding of what a professional
organization has to offer. Be proactive
in organization involvement while working toward a degree. Evaluate how you can
effectively contribute to a professional organization and use the
organization’s resources in a meaningful way.
Lacey Finley is a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences. The views expressed in this
article are solely those of the author and do not represent the view of Kaplan
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