Ever felt like you’re charting unknown territory alone in your professional journey?

That’s a feeling many of us can relate to.

But here’s the thing: You don’t have to go it alone.

Professional associations and networks are like lighthouses in the vast sea of our careers, guiding and connecting us.

So, why should we consider joining or leveraging these groups?

  • Community: Surrounding yourself with like-minded professionals provides support, camaraderie, and a shared sense of purpose.
  • Continuous Learning: Many associations offer workshops, webinars, and resources to keep members at the forefront of industry knowledge.
  • Opportunities: Whether it’s job postings, collaborations, or partnerships, networks can open doors you didn’t even know existed.

But it’s not just about taking; it’s also about giving back.

Contributing to these communities, sharing expertise, and mentoring can be incredibly fulfilling.

If you’re considering diving into the world of professional associations or looking to expand your network, you’re in the right place.

Below are resources and insights into some of the top networks and what they offer.

And if you’re unsure where to start or which association aligns with your goals, reach out.

We can navigate this journey together, ensuring you find the community that’s the perfect fit for you.

Global Associations:

  1. ATD (Association for Talent Development): With its international reach, ATD serves those responsible for developing talent in organizations, offering events, certifications, and resources.
  2. CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development): Renowned in the UK and beyond, CIPD provides resources, events, and certifications for HR and L&D professionals.
  3. The eLearning Guild: This community for eLearning enthusiasts presents industry reports, conferences, and webinars.
  4. ISPI (International Society for Performance Improvement): Centered around enhancing workplace productivity and performance with a science-driven approach.
  5. I4PL (Institute for Performance and Learning): Canada’s primary L&D association, offering events, certifications, and resources.
  6. ILT (Institute of Leadership & Management): Serving those in leadership and management roles, ILT offers qualifications and an array of learning materials.
  7. IACET (International Association for Continuing Education and Training): Globally recognized for its accredited continuing education and training standard.

Regional and Local Groups:

  1. ASTD Chapters: ATD’s local chapters facilitate events and networking opportunities within various US cities.
  2. LTEN (Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network): Catering to the life sciences sector, LTEN offers industry-specific training resources.
  3. AITD (Australian Institute of Training and Development): A leading association in Australia that champions L&D professionals.
  4. NZATD (New Zealand Association for Training and Development): Supporting New Zealand’s L&D community through events, resources, and networking.
  5. SALT (Society for Applied Learning Technology): Focusing on the application of technology in training, SALT connects L&D professionals in the US.
  6. Training and Development Network Groups on LinkedIn: Seek out region-specific LinkedIn groups for networking opportunities within the L&D space.
  7. Meetup.com: A platform where many L&D enthusiasts form local groups to discuss shared interests, share insights, and network.