Magazine article Strategic Finance

Are Chapters Important?

Magazine article Strategic Finance

Are Chapters Important?

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Are chapters irrelevant? Are they obsolete? Some people in IMA think so. But I feel our local chapters have a lot to offer and are still an important part of our organization.

They offer us three unique opportunities that we can't get elsewhere in IMA: networking, education, and leadership development.

Networking. Local chapters can help you develop your own personal network. In today's age of electronic job boards, some of you may wonder if networking is still important when you are searching for a job. But according to a Forrester Research Study, 62% of employers found their employees through word of mouth. That means who you know is a lot more important than posting your resume on a dot-com. Many of my friends and associates have been hired because of the contacts they have made in IMA. Yet networking is not just about getting a job. It's also about friendships, knowledge, and advice. Interacting with other IMA members will result in lifelong friendships and in exchanges of important knowledge that can be worth its weight in gold.

Education. Each time you attend a chapter meeting, you are presented with an educational opportunity. The programs are designed to keep you abreast of current issues. Remember, there is always something to learn. Web-based and other education sources might be more convenient, but you don't have the two-way exchange of ideas you get from a live presentation with a question-and-answer period. The answer to your question or somebody else's question might be the missing part of that puzzle you have been trying to solve. …

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