Becoming a Survivor in the Profession

By Arnold, Emily | Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, January 1, 2001 | Go to article overview

Becoming a Survivor in the Profession


Arnold, Emily, Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences


INSIDE AAFCS

PGS N E W S

I am sure you have witnessed first-hand the recent success of the "Survivor" game show series that first aired this past summer on television. Many are still enamored with the widespread appeal of the series. Watching this survival experience, I was reminded how students will one day join the "real world" and be forced to survive with new challenges and issues facing the Family and Consumer Sciences profession. PGS members have already taken the first step to ensure professional survival by taking advantage of the "strategies" available through AAFCS. Strategic moves include developing leadership, networking, and building awareness of funding opportunities.

The organization provides numerous venues to develop leadership skills. Serving on a committee at the local or national level is just the beginning. If a member would like to enhance their leadership potential, then running for a local, state, or national office can be a tremendous asset in one's future career. National officer elections will be conducted at the Annual Meeting and Exposition, June 30-July 3, 2001, in Providence, Rhode Island.

In addition, AAFCS provides excellent opportunities to network with other students and professionals in a specific subject area. Networking allows one to gather and share information about your local chapter activities as well as to discover any new and exciting ideas that other chapters have. Networking with professionals is a monumental experience that all PGS members should encounter. The career possibilities or internships are unlimited when students open the door to meet and talkwith FCS professionals. Begin forming a network with fellow students and professionals at the local, state, and national level.

AAFCS provides a third key strategy funding for students interested in pursuing graduate work. There are several scholarships and fellowships available to student members.

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