If you’re looking for ways to get involved with the professional world before graduating from your IT degree program, consider joining a professional technology group. Technology professionals are often welcoming to aspiring IT graduates and willing to pass on their knowledge. Whether it’s online or in person, the national technology organizations you join could benefit your future:
A leading worldwide organization for information technology professionals, AITP welcomes IT enthusiasts of all levels. You can join through a student membership before you graduate and later upgrade your membership as a professional. AITP focuses on offering resources and knowledge that motivate and empower technology members to meet their potentials.
With a student, professional, or lifetime membership, computing individuals can access the publications, libraries, activities, professional opportunities, committees, and more available through ACM. If you build hardware or software, manage information, or work with the processing and structuring of computers, ACM is a substantial resource for students and professionals.
If you’re a military student entering the technology industry, AFCEA could be beneficial. Created for technology, communications and electronics government professionals, this international organization strives to be a top forum for discussion and the exchange of technology information. If you want to combine your interests in the military and technology, you can network with similar professionals through AFCEA.
WITI is dedicated to helping women advance in the technology industry, so it’s open to students who want to boost their careers. Female IT students can access connections, opportunities and leadership development through a membership with WITI.