Student to Professional (S2P) – Stay Active, Stay Involved, Stay AITP
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Posted by: Vicki Hampton, Association Director
S2P….Student to Professional………Success to Professional………Strength to Professional…….continue the power! AITP is an organization that you can continue with as you migrate to a professional firm. We have over seventy chapters in the United States that can help you stay involved and provide for you a way to stay in tune with technology and professional peers.
NCC (http://www.aitp.org/ncc/) is just a month away, April 4 – 7, in St. Louis, MO. Many student chapters as well as professional members will begin or have already started making travel plans. Why? This collegiate competition and conference is considered to be a premiere event for AITP. Many of you go to NCC to compete in awesome competitions, to attend one of the many presentations, and to talk to businesses in attendance. Did you also know that you could walk away with a contact for a job? You need to take advantage of every opportunity that you have to market yourself and grab the future that you want.
So, you ask – why continue with AITP after you graduate? As a student, AITP provides you with the means and support to be a part of an organization engrained in technology and service. Guess what – it does that for professional members also! The web portal gives you access to many articles and information via IE (Information Executive) – take a look at the current newsletter (http://www.aitp.org/?InfoExec201301).
Another link will take you to the Career Center where you can search for job openings (http://www.aitp.org/?page=AITPcareersPublic). There are also many services and discounts available to members (http://www.aitp.org/?ProdServDisc) – you will be prompted to log in before seeing this page.
Be part of an organization where YOU can continue your passion with technology, where you could mentor students in local student chapters, where you already have a vested interest, where you can stay active, stay involved, stay AITP.
For many of you, joining AITP as a student was your first involvement in a large professional organization. For others, you joined because you "heard” from other students that going to NCC was awesome! And yet, for others, you joined because you like technology. You can continue with AITP for all these same reasons!
As an added bonus, former student members receive a discount on their first year of professional dues. Under this discount, Association dues which are normally $105 per year are reduced by $50 (to $55) for the first year of professional membership. This discount can be used anytime during the first three years following graduation or the expiration of student membership – whichever is later.
Chapter and Region dues must also be paid and are not discounted.
To apply for the discount, fill out the form at: http://www.aitp.org/?page=Stud2ProfDiscount. This form can be found by clicking on Contact AITP or Why Join AITP in the left navigation rail and then clicking on Membership Discounts. Existing members can also find the form by logging in, clicking on Members Only in the left navigation rail, and then clicking on Membership Discounts.
Once approved, the applicant will be given a discount code to be used when the applicant joins on-line at http://www.aitp.org/join.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We look forward to seeing you at the Student to Professional (S2P) booth at NCC this year in St. Louis (Apr. 4 – 7). There will be current graduates in the booth that you can talk to about their involvement with the professional side of AITP and find out where professional chapters are located. For those of you not able to attend NCC, go to the web portal and click on the Chapters link and then Find a Professional Chapter. You have already made a wise investment in your future by being AITP. "Come to the professional side!”