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IoIC’s Fellowship programme recognising senior practitioners who are both experienced and active within the IC industry is being refreshed for next year.

“A Fellowship programme has been part of IoIC’s DNA for as long as we can remember, but it’s been dormant for a few years and we believed it was time to re-examine the concept, its impact on IC, and the evolving Institute today,” says IoIC president Suzanne Peck (pictured).

It’s never been an honour to be distributed lightly. That element will be enhanced, with a face-to-face interview introduced for applicants so that commitment to IC can be confirmed and demonstrated before the vote goes to the IoIC Board for confirmation.

So why are ‘Fellows’ important to the IoIC and how will Fellowship in the future be different?

“Being entitled to use the term ‘Fellow’ is a ‘badge’ of recognition indicating achievement, impact and high standards as well as the professional standing of those elected,” said Suzanne. “It’s an open door for connecting with like-minded high standing professionals, sharing ideas, and shaping our industry.

“There’s also a responsibility on Fellows to actively support the aims of IoIC and encourage the professional development of fellow practitioners, especially those who are less experienced and at an earlier stage in their career,” said Suzanne. “Recognition and responsibility go hand in hand.”

Although facing a panel may sound scary, it’s there to support Fellows and verify the process. Three current Fellows, including the President, will hold review panels twice a year – short interviews with each applicant to talk in more detail about the person, the achievements and aspirations. Applicants are then recommended to the Board for ratification and the ‘title’ awarded at a special presentation evening with the chance to meet other Fellows.

Successful applicants are entitled to use ‘Fellow of the IoIC’ (FIIC) in business.

Final details are currently being tied up. A marketing campaign will begin in the New Year with the first panel planned for March.

“We’re looking to recommend a select number of Fellowships a year. This programme has meaning and impact; being in IC for many years isn’t necessarily a guaranteed passport to Fellowship.”

How to become a Fellow:

  • You will have been active in or contributed to the IC sector for at least 10 years; have been a member of the IoIC or a similarly recognised internal communication professional association for at least two years; you will have demonstrated commitment to your own personal development (e.g. attained the IoIC Advanced Diploma)
  • Applications to become a Fellow can be made by an individual; nominated by another member or Fellow; a worthy member may also be appointed at the discretion of the Board
  • Information required includes details and proof of professional experience and examples of work and outcomes.
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