BCS, IET, IEEE, Comptia ITPro and others

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  1. JK2447
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    Hi All

    Are any of you active members of a professional IT organisation such as the BCS, IET, IEEE etc? I was once an MBCS in the British Computer Society (BCS), but I left a few years ago, as I wasn't getting the most out of it. I will admit this will have been my fault, but I wondered if you had anything to say about these organisations?

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    I let my BCS membership lapse as at the time there wasn't much benefit for a helpdesk technician. As a manager now I might reconsider that membership, especially for the opportunities to network, which were plentiful when I was part of the Birmingham BCS (indeed I was their Youth Committee member for a while).

    Along the same topic I'd be interested in hearing the experiences and benefits from anyone who is or has been a member of the CMI, as I'm eyeing up going for chartered status in the next couple of years.
     
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    Thanks @Arroryn, I'd agree Chartered would potentially be a good way to stand out and get some letters after your name, if you're into that sort of thing. I will still never forget my interview for that. I was grilled by two gentlemen who looked like professors remotely. I can't remember what we used but zoom and the life was definitely not available ha ha! I probably looked like a minecraft character with the technology at that time
     
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    I gained my Chartered IT Pro status back in 2008, and because of that I've kept my membership going with the BCS. I guess the 2 main reasons why I haven't stopped my membership is that I don't want to have to redo the process of the CITP, and I do actually believe in the professionalism of the IT Profession - get it inline with other professionals such as teachers, nursing, lawyers, engineers, etc.

    TBH, you only get as much as you want to put in, eg meeting, networking, membership levels, etc... For me, I haven't really put in alot in it apart from my membership fees - but that's mainly due to working 2 jobs as well as studying. Once I finish studying, and hopefully when I get to drop my 2nd job, I may actually apply to become an assessor :)
     
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    Wow, that would be interesting... I was looking at the CMI a few years ago, I was a member of the ILM and was comparing which management association would be best for me. Ended up cancelling my membership to the ILM, and not going for the CMI. Saw the price a few years ago, I believe it was about £1k to get Chartered status with them, not sure what the yearly subs were.
     
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