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It's summertime – and the joining is easy. Until 15th September, there is no joining fee to become an IoIC member. Here, two new IoIC members tell us why you should join and the many membership benefits that are helping internal comms practitioners elevate their professional status.

From career development programmes and information resources to a network of peers and mentors, IoIC membership benefits give internal comms practitioners a wealth of knowledge that will further their careers. And there is no better time to sign up, with the £60 joining fee waived until 15th September.
Andrew Salt (right) had been a member of IoIC previously, under his employer’s budget, but was made redundant at the start of this year.
“In that situation, I needed IoIC more than ever,” says Andrew. “I rejoined to start the IoIC advanced diploma in internal communication to gain a professional qualification, and to take advantage of the member benefits.”
Andrew says he is proud to be a member once again. “I was welcomed so warmly and the staff were excellent in clarifying everything about the membership. I felt valued.”
As well as studying for the advanced diploma, Andrew has undertaken two training days, started his continuous professional development (CPD) online and joined the mentoring programme.
Emily Wilson (left), corporate communications executive at Norton Rose Fulbright, made the move into internal communication last year and joined IoIC soon after. “I wanted to take my career seriously and I hoped becoming a member would boost my credentials in searching for a permanent role,” she says. “I think membership shows the world that I’m committed.
“I wanted to keep up to date with internal communications and connect with other professionals. I saw that many of my comms heroes are members and figured if it was good enough for them…” 
Like Andrew, Emily (right) also found the mentoring programme invaluable. “I met my wonderful mentor, Laura Capell-Abra, who really helped boost my confidence and supported me throughout my great job hunt.
“I’ve also found the IoIC community – both those who run the Institute and its members – amazing. I went to the garden party in July and had a great time meeting new people and learning from everyone’s broad experience.” 
Emily added that Voice, the print magazine and online channel, is a helpful resource: “Voice gives me ideas to try at work and keeps me updated on what’s going on in the profession.”
For Andrew, the advanced diploma and online CPD have made a huge impact on his personal development. “I feel in great hands by the staff at IoIC and Fran Broady, the facilitator for the advanced diploma. And I have a great mentor in Katie Macaulay, managing director of AB Communications. Membership introduces you to a great network of like-minded professionals who all share the same passion for comms.
“My membership has more than exceeded my expectations and has been extremely comforting during a period of personal instability. My knowledge of internal comms has grown and I’m more motivated than ever for my next IC position. The membership benefits have really improved since I was a member a few years ago and the website is much more modern and user-friendly too.”
IoIC membership has also met all Emily’s expectations. There are “loads of reasons to join”, she adds.
“I appreciate how the people who run it are so kind and supportive,” she says. “I’ve been able to e-mail just about any old question and they’ve always been very helpful.
“If you go to enough training sessions, the discount eventually outweighs the cost of joining, or many workplaces will pay for it as part of their development budget. My main advice, if you do decide to join, is just to try out all the different things that are offered with membership and see what works for you.” 
Andrew describes himself as an advocate of the IoIC. “I would recommend any IC professional not currently a member to join up as you immediately get access to the range of benefits and a huge network. I would encourage all members and non-members to look at the vast range of learning and development opportunities that the membership provides. In the fast-paced and widely developing environment of internal comms, it is essential to stay one step ahead and continue to learn.”
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