BBA Peer Insights: Professional Associations in Austin

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October 13, 2016 by quintanillav

bba peer insightsWhy should I connect with Professional Associations in Austin?

  • Are you interested in identifying a career path? Learn from current employees!

Since we are fortunate to live in a city with a great environment for businesses, you should capitalize on opportunities to connect with more industry participants professionals. If you aren’t confident that a career path is the right one for you, learn about a variety of different roles directly from the professionals involved in your interested field.  You may learn about a position you were not aware of before, or a company employee informs you of something that makes you realize a specific path is not the perfect fit for you. Either way, current participants are a great resource to utilize in your career search because they provide valuable insight into the industry’s latest trends.

  • Do you want to work in Austin after you graduate?  Then, network in Austin!

As number one on Forbes’ list of Amercias’s fastest-growing cities for five out of the past six years, Austin attracts hordes of people thanks to its job opportunities, low cost of living, and booming economy. So, if you would like to stay in Austin for an internship and a full-time position, start creating a list of professional contacts in Austin while you are still a student, and maybe one of those contacts will lead to an internship or a full-time position.  If not, then at the very least, you will have plenty of people in your network that are in the area by the time graduation day rolls around.

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Which Professional Associations in Austin should I join? Here’s a few we found!

Please note: BBA Career Services does not endorse any specific professional association(s). Please fully research any organization you are looking into joining.

  •  Austin Information Systems Security Association (ISAA)

For students interested in learning more about information technology security, the Austin ISSA chapter is an excellent platform to meet security professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds and a gateway to a lot of career opportunities in the local security industry.  Students will also benefit from trainings either through the ISSA workshops or the monthly security talks.   To get the full benefits of membership, join as a student member by paying an annual fee of $30.  Learn more on their website.

  •  Austin American Marketing Association (AMA)

The Austin Chapter of the American Marketing Association offers members and guests a number of opportunities each month, including educational  luncheons with marketing experts, fun and relaxed networking events to build professional connections, and skill workshops to cultivate your career.  Mentoring programs within the association provide guidance for students. Gain access to the array of marketing resources, case studies, and virtual events by purchasing a student membership for $47/year.  Explore further here.  AMA also has a UT chapter right here in McCombs!

  • Austin Association for Financial Professionals (AAFP)

Austin AFP welcomes students aspiring to enter the rapidly changing field of treasury and financial management.  Students will benefit from the monthly meetings, networking lunches, and the educational programs that cover a range of topics, including fraud issues, investment strategies, economic trends, and more. To find out the date of the next meeting, visit their site.  Member benefits include an online job board, access to certifications, including the Certified Treasury Professional certification, and entrance to the annual Fall and TEXPO conferences.  Join as an associate member for $175/year.

Research associations that interest you and attend a meeting!  Be proactive by joining an organization you can be part of throughout your career.

Get Involved On-Campus!

Read about BBA Career Services Programs:

BBA Women’s Council                                                                                                                                     Apply for BBAWC for the spring semester  (application coming soon) and connect with professional mentors.  The program offers BBA women the chance to gain insight into the professional environment from the experiences and career journeys of prominent business women in weekly seminars and offers a Career Trek to observe company culture  and discover potential career opportunities.

McCombs Diversity Council                                                                                                                     The McCombs Diversity Council provides members with a professional, social, and philanthropic outlet.  Members will become leaders in the ever-growing global market by building long-lasting relationships with companies that value diversity in the workplace.  If you are interested, email utmdcexec@gmail.com to join any time throughout the year.

Target Your Future                                                                                                                                      Through an eight-week seminar series, participants get the chance to connect with employers recruiting undergraduates.  In addition to student mentors, students will also have a professional mentor who is in their industry area of interest.  The program also provides an etiquette dinner to learn tips about professional dinners from recruiters and a trek to visit employers on-site.  Apply for the spring semester series (application coming soon)!

Check out McCombs Student Organizations:

McCombs Student Organizations are another great way build leadership skills, learn about potential career paths and network with employers and fellow BBAs! Find an organization specific to your major or industry interest!

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