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BCS Membership

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by simongrahamuk, May 6, 2006.

  1. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Last night I decided to join the BCS, being a Part Time Student I'm eligable for Student Membership. As it was only £20 Ithought I'd see what it was all about, plus next time I fill out an applictaion form that asks "are you a member of any professional body?" I can say "Yes!"

    How many others here are BCS members, what level of membership do you have, and what (if any) are the advantages of membership, or even say going from Associate Member to Member?

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  2. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

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    not sure what it means simon.. but what i did find is that any IT related degree more or less makes you a member! :blink maybe its just one those 'perks' in being in IT? :biggrin We have something formal to call ourselves!
     
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  3. mattwest

    mattwest Megabyte Poster

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    I'm a full member of the BCS so i guess i'm allowed to put "MBCS" somewhere on my CV?? But i dont include it! :)

    I joined the BCS about 18 months ago when i was looking for something to put on my CV to show commitment to IT. As i've got over 5 years experience i qualified as a full member. I think its £80 per year....

    I know include it on my CV to show that i'm committed to a career in IT (yada yada!). I'm also a member of the Chartered Management Institutue as i'm on a management course so it can only help.

    I get a free newsletter thing every quarter and you get discounts on books and gets informed of local branch meetings etc but to be honest i've never really made use of any of it!

    To be frank i'm only a member so i can show it on my CV, anything to stand yourself apart! :twisted:
     
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  4. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

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    I'm a member.

    Not sure why..
     
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  5. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Si,

    Let us know what you get for membership.... I am a Comptia member (notice the recent sig :tune) and there are some great utilities such as technical pointers, forum, job help, vouchers.....
     
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  6. Tyler D

    Tyler D Gigabyte Poster

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    What are the benifits of being a CompTIA member then Boyce??
     
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  7. Sandy

    Sandy Ex-Member

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    Hi there

    Good to hear that you have decided to apply for membership of the British Computer Society.

    I am a Member of the BCS. What it gives you is difficult to say! What it means is that you have signed up to a professional Engineering Institue and are bound by their code of conduct. You do get to meet a hugh cross section of Computer/IT people. The networking is great, I mean people networking not IP networking, and you hear a lot about what is going on in the R&D side of things.

    Personally, I would say that it is a good move. IT/Computing has a major impact on the business life of the UK and that we should support the professional body of our industry.
     
  8. juice142

    juice142 Megabyte Poster

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    Thoughts, Boycey?

    J. :blink
     
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  9. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    I think that was one of the reasons for signing up - It shows that you have a willingness to be professional in your conduct, and that you care about your line of work.

    I was eligable for the full membership, but as its £80 I opted against that for now until I can get more of a feeling as to whether it is worth it for me (besides, £80 is £80! Whereas £20 is £20!).

    One of my hopes for the IT industry is that as it matures it will be become more regulated, i.e. there is a code of conduct, and that it is controlled by a professional body, much the same way that Medicine in this country is regullated by the BMA.

    By me joining the BCS I hope that people will realise that I am a professional, and deserve to be treated as such. (not just a skivvy who fixes computers! :dry ).
     
  10. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

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    thats something i keep stressing the people at work and to my boss.. People think im just a geek who know the insides and outsides of any eletrical.. they dont realise like doctors i can specialize in an area. We both professional but because i get very dirty working they disagree...
     
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  11. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

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    Oh dear, oh dear...

    :toilet

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  12. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    cough, oh....

    Career building advice, forum, discounted exams, monthly news letter and to be part of Comptia's gang. $59 for a year or $99 for two years.
     
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  13. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

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    I doubt if IT in general will ever even come close to medical regulation bodies such as the BMA. I think it's easy to see why really, one of the bodies regulates a group of professionals who make life and death decisions on a regular basis, the other doesn't, not even close. :)

    Certainly there are IT profeesionals who work in sensitive and highly responsible environments. In some senses though the type of staff who work in these situations are regulated by the company / body they work for via good working practices, company policies etc.. At the end of the day, people aren't going to hire somone in a senior position with lots of responsibility unless they have already got a proven track record, lots of experience etc.. so in that sense, you could call it self regulating.
     
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  14. Sandy

    Sandy Ex-Member

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    The Tax Man gives you the £80 back! Just let them know and the sort it in your Coding :D
     
  15. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

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    He never told me that!
    The evil bu99er!

    How do you swing that then?
     
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  16. Sandy

    Sandy Ex-Member

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    Just ring them up and talk to them - they get it sorted for you.
     
  17. damo101

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    Got a flyer about the BCS with my cert for passing ITIL (wahey - got to change my profile at last!!) - do you need to be seconded/recommended by pre-existing members? Think i'll go for it if it's straight forward and see if i can bill it to work :tune
     
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  18. Sandy

    Sandy Ex-Member

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    No! I had a boss and an ex colleague do my referances. As long as they know your work.:rolleyes:
     
  19. damo101

    damo101 Byte Poster

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    Cool, might sign up for then alright and see how it goes for a year.

    Thanks Sandy

    Damo
     
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