A new field of discipline has come to life. It emanated out of the need to manage an association. It came from the breed of the management field, and it is called association management. This new field is basically concerned with managing a duly established association. It works similarly to the way one manages a business or a company. This is because the organizational framework of an association is similar to that of a company. But there is of course a difference. Association management includes with it member management. This being the case, the field of association management developed its own and distinct program. For those looking for an association management program, below is a way on how to find one.
- Browse the Internet. In looking for an association management program, it is always best to start looking in the Internet. This is especially true when you are in dilemma as to where to start. Key in the search engine association management program. The results will yield programs from all over. Now the task is to limit the result turn out. Limit it by including in the search engine an area.
- Short list schools offering the programs. After confining the results to a certain area, make a shortlist of those schools located around you. It should be noted that only few schools offer association management program. This being so, the list of schools will not be too long. Most of the time, doing a shortlist will not be necessary because of the relatively few schools offering the program. List all those schools for quick reference. Include therein the necessary information such as period, requirements, etc.
- Look for management schools. Not all of the time you’ll find schools offering association management program in the Internet. When this happens, just look for schools offering management programs. Do the same procedure mentioned in the first step, shortlist, etc. Once you have the shortlist, personally or by phone, inquire into these schools whether they offer an association management program. If not, at least ask whether the school plans to establish such a program. The reason for this is because, as already mentioned association management program came from the family of business management. If there are schools that will establish that program, it will be those that are already offering management-related programs.
Association management is a new field, yet it offers a promising career for those who are intending to enroll in such a program. The promises it has may be likened to those in business management insofar as benefits and professional fulfillment is concerned. Opportunities are wide-ranging. In fact, according to a different association society, there are roughly 70,000 associations that are in need of professionals to manage their members as well as their association conferences. This new field is indeed untouched. However, there are also opportunities that are yet to be explored in this field. Be not afraid to explore. Be not afraid to take new steps that have not been taken by others yet. Initiate the move. Be the first in the line and be the first one to enjoy its benefits.