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You are about to graduate college and are securing your first job in the "real world." Or you are making a career move, heading to a new city across the country and would like to meet new people. Maybe you are simply interested in networking with other Industrial Engineers in your area and want to learn about the companies that they work for. These are all great reasons to become a member of IIE, but there are many added bonuses of which you may not be aware.
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For recent college graduates, money is always tight. While it may not initially appear so, an IIE membership is a very worthwhile investment and IIE wants to help new professionals continue their student membership without emptying their bank accounts.
As soon as you sign up, you’ll already begin to enjoy the benefits. In today’s job market, it pays to be knowledgeable about IE projects and studies happening in all industries and all over the world. The articles, peer-reviewed papers, blogs and resources available through IIE are second to none. Whether you are trying to attain a job in a new industry, or bringing an idea for a process improvement project to your boss; keeping informed about the Industrial Engineering world is essential.
The real highlight of IIE is the access to networking, regional and national conferences and local chapter events. Each year, IIE organizes numerous regional and one international conference. The conferences are filled with presentations from industry leaders and innovators, and networking events to connect IEs from all over the world. More frequent and generally smaller events are hosted by local chapters. The local chapter events are great to meet engineers in your area, become involved with your community and attend presentations of IE concepts, both academic and professional.
Being an IIE member allows you access to the IIE website’s Career Center, which has thousands of up to date postings from companies looking for industrial engineers all over the country. In addition, members get free access to frequent webinars throughout the year, and special rates for professional training and development.
The most enjoyable way to get the most out of your IIE membership is to offer up your time to your local or regional chapter board of directors (BOD). Find the local chapter website and email one of the board members, mention that you’d like to volunteer for the next event or attend the next board meeting. If there isn’t a local chapter near you, contact your regional board. Meet the board and learn about what each person does, possibly try to join one of the positions for a few years. Being on a BOD or a committee is an excellent way to simultaneously help IIE grow, and maximize the benefits that IIE has to offer through involvement.
IIE has some additional discounts and benefits that members can enjoy. To learn more, visit http://www.iienet2.org/membership and click on "Details" in the appropriate membership plan.