4 Benefits of Belonging to Your Industry’s Association
03 January 2024
There are countless great quotes about the importance of relationships, from “No man is an island” to “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” Humanity has valued community and collaboration throughout history on a personal level. But have you ever stopped to consider the equal importance of these values when it comes to a career? Joining a professional association within your industry can offer you tremendous value across the board — but most importantly, it can provide you with a place to belong.
The Importance of Belonging
We are all hardwired for belonging. Finding acceptance and camaraderie has the capacity to improve both our physical and mental health, according to the Mayo Clinic. Of course, this applies on a personal level when it comes to families and friendships, but many of us spend a large portion of our waking hours — and our adult years — at work. Belonging matters there, too. And building a sense of belonging within your industry helps you manage stress and build resilience for a long and thriving career.
Belonging offers a lot, but it also asks something of you. Consider this quote from Theodore Roosevelt: “Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or the industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.”
Most industries have associations and organizations that do just that: provide community and belonging, offer training and support, and strive to improve industry conditions and culture. There are many benefits of joining a professional association, but these four top our list.
4 Benefits of Belonging to an Industry Organization or Association
We want to discuss what the benefits are and how it ultimately improves your credibility and knowledge as a whole. For example, networking within your industry’s association gives you not only a community of like-minded individuals but also a chance to grow and partner with other DMCs to gain education and insight. It creates brand awareness for DMCs as well.
1. Continuing Education and Innovation
When you join an association, you’re getting so much more than a social network. Most organizations host webinars, in-person conferences, and think tanks designed to provide key information and insights about your industry. In order to thrive over the course of your career, you must be a lifelong learner. In many cases, you can attend training, conferences, and certification opportunities for reduced rates as a member perk.
If you’re feeling stuck at work, an association could provide the solution. When you’re facing a recurring problem with a particular aspect of your work or hoping to find upward mobility in your job, the resources available to you through your association can help you problem-solve and advance your career. If you want to receive specialized training or certification in a particular area, ask your association!
2. Improving Credibility
If you want to improve your business’s reputation in your industry or community, join an association. Potential customers and vendors alike will see membership in a reputable organization as a kind of quality assurance.
Since many associations require members to meet certain standards and criteria, you can prove to potential clients that your company is committed to excellence. Joining an association is a signal to others that you’re experienced in your industry and committed to best practices on every project — a major perk to anyone considering working with your company.
3. Building Relationships and Community
No matter what industry you’re in, business can feel lonely from time to time. Do you want to build relationships with others who understand your industry and can offer advice or solutions when challenges arise? You’ll find those relationships in an association.
What’s more, networking is an essential skill in today’s workforce. It provides you with space to exchange ideas and troubleshoot difficult aspects of your job, and it offers you a front-row seat to potential new opportunities in your field. A professional association functions as a resource library that you can tap into at any time.
It’s important to note that while some industries feel competitive, building relationships with others in your field will yield a better advantage than constantly trying to “beat” others at work. Working well with others is a valuable skill, and learning how to trade insights and build rapport will take you far.
4. Creating Industry-Wide Change
No industry is without problems — and a cacophony of voices always holds more power than just one. Joining a professional association gives you a platform to voice potential frustrations or concerns. You might find that others in your industry share your feelings. If so, you can work together to change your industry for the better. Associations, especially reputable ones, often have the power to shift policies and culture, creating a better work environment for all.
Why ADMEI Is the Best Choice for DMCs Everywhere
If you work for or own a Destination Management Company (DMC), consider joining the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI). ADMEI is a leading voice in the Destination Management industry and the premier resource for education, standards, and practices for DMCs globally.
When you become an ADMEI member, you have access to first-class education, collaboration, and accreditation opportunities. Potential clients will know that your company follows best practices and works ethically and professionally within the event industry.
To learn more about membership and begin your application for membership, visit us online.