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October 25th, 2004 (08:33 pm)

I picked up another 8 post-nominal letters today, which isn't bad all at one go. I have joined the British Computer Society.

I've resisted joining a professional society ever since I was an undergraduate, due to a mixture of scepticism about its value for money and a desire to get by on my own merits rather than (effectively) buy any recognition, so this is in some ways a change of heart for me.

I think the major difference is that with a reasonable amount of professional experience now under my belt, if I go back on the job-market then I expect that will outweigh membership of a professional organisation by quite a way. As a result, I no longer feel that I'm trying to put a thumb on the scales by joining. Of course that's not really what groups like the BCS and the IEEE are all about, I don't expect membership would really have made any difference to my employment prospects at all, and it's a daft thing to worry about anyway but all the same I feel more comfortable joining now than I could ever have done then.

It will be interesting to see whether it feels like money well spent. There are some obvious benefits - receiving a magazine and discounts on some commercial software - but I expect the biggest benefit will simply be in encouraging me to do something about structuring my professional development.

The letters are MBCS CITP (Member of the British Computer Society - Chartered IT Professional).

Update: a congratulatory e-mail has just gone out at work which makes me sound like a god. How embarassing. Still, it all helps build the image of the department.

Comments

Posted by: Toby Atkin-Wright (tobyaw)
Posted at: October 25th, 2004 09:50 pm (UTC)

Welcome to the club!

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: October 25th, 2004 10:17 pm (UTC)
Chair

Thanks!

Posted by: Nik Whitehead (sharikkamur)
Posted at: October 26th, 2004 10:57 am (UTC)

I´ve never got around to joining either the BCS or IEEE/IEE either. I really must do so, but I also find myself looking at the cost and wonder if it's worth it. I look forward to regular updates on how worthwhile you're finding it. :)

Posted by: Scotty (scottymcleod)
Posted at: October 26th, 2004 01:40 pm (UTC)

Have fun with it Dad tells me it can be very useful in a number of ways including the whole job thing.

Dad has kept suggesting I join over the years but am much more interested in finalising my membership of the Worshipful Company which for any of you with ties in the City I can recommend as a very useful interesting set of people who do a lot for various IT related charities.

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