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5 reasons to join SOE

14th May 2018

SOE is one of the 35 Professional Engineering Institutions that contributes to promoting best practice and improving safety standards in the engineering world. In a very fast-paced environment, why is it so important to be part of such an institution today? How can it help you in your career?

- Show a level of commitment: Throughout your career, it is always good to have some highlights on your CV. Recruiters are more and more demanding as the market is more competitive than ever. Being part of an organisation like SOE shows that you are dedicated in your professional sector and it could make a difference during an interview.

- Make contacts and build your network: It is very important to build relationships with professionals who can help you in your career. Professional institutions regularly organise CPD and networking events that will allow you to make strong connections. At SOE, we organise more than 250 events a year across the UK. In addition, you will be able to get advice from experienced professionals who have a strong knowledge of the market. This is essential if you want to keep your career moving forward.

- Get your post nominals: Your experience and expertise are reflected in your post-nominals. For instance, when you join the SOE, you can become Associate Member (AMSOE), Member (MSOE) or Fellow (FSOE). It depends on your level of academic achievement, training and/or experience in your professional sector.

- Growing your business: People are more likely to trust you when you are part of a Professional institution as you show a higher level of professionalism and work with higher standards. At SOE, we promote best practice and offer a range of accreditations such as MHE and IRTE Workshop Accreditation. When you get accredited with us, your prospects will see your proven compliance to the Standards of Excellence.

- Get access to professional registration: One of the most valuable benefits is that you can apply for professional registration. Significantly improving job security and career prospects, it is open to any competent practising engineer, with different levels and pathways available. The three categories - EngTech, IEng and CEng - have been developed to provide a progressive career structure, reflecting the recognition that lifelong learning and career development are the norm.

If you are not a member SOE and are not getting the most out of your existing membership, you should contact our team on +44 (0)20 7630 6666 or via email at membership@soe.org.uk.

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