How IABC membership can help students

In a globalized world where a career can be pursued anywhere, it is crucial for one to have a strong business network of like-minded professionals. As a student, starting a career in a very tough and competitive environment, connections are what sets one apart.

London is a city of opportunities but also one of competition. Finding the start to a career and building a unique network can be a tough task.

However, joining the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) as student member made all the difference for me.

Not only did I meet some potential employers, I was also given a chance to progress within the organization and build a name for myself. With hard work and determination to get recognized, IABC members elected me to be on the Board of the UK Chapter, the biggest IABC chapter outside North America.

With this experience and the connections I made as a student member of IABC, my fear of professional life (getting a job) disappeared and I was ready to step into a professional World well ahead of my fellow postgraduates.

My professional career broadened up significantly due to the connections I’ve made and I feel now that the world is my oyster.

Article written by Jovan Radakovic

Preparing for lift off

If you’re looking for a boost to your career, in need of some additional advice and guidance about your next job role, or even wanting to brush up on an area of your skills – a mentor may be just what you need.

IABC in the UK has been running a mentoring programme for the last two years with the aim of providing its members with precisely the kind of career guidance and support that they need to progress in this competitive industry.

IABC UK has trained nine mentors, from global heads of communication and company chairmen to experienced entrepreneurs – and they’re waiting for your call.  While they come from different sectors, and have different experiences, they have one thing in common – they’re committed to their mentees and invested in their futures.

Tessa O'Neill“It’s a great way of gathering new insight on your career and development – and it’s FREE! We work with people at very different stages of their career – from people looking for their second, or even their first job in communication, to those who are quite senior and looking for new challenges.” said Tessa O’Neill, one of the mentors.



Fiona Breen, an IABC UK member who has used the service recently, agrees.

Fiona BreenIf you want to be challenged and develop your approach to work, get a mentor. Mentoring offers the opportunity to be challenged and consider how you can change your behaviour to get the outcomes you want. It’s valuable to learn from someone with more experience, particularly if their career path is quite different from your own as they bring fresh insights. To make the most of the opportunity, you need to be hungry for change.” she said.


The Process

So, how does it all work? First you’ll need to think about and answer some questions such as:

  • What type of assistance do you need from  your mentor
  • What is your overall objective
  • What expectations do you have of your mentor
  • How often would you meet
  • When and where will you meet
  • What will be the ground rules for your discussion e.g. confidentiality, openness, candour, truthfulness
  • If problems arise how will they be resolved
  • How will you know when the mentoring relationship has served it purpose and needs to be terminated

Then you contact [email protected] who will match you with one of our mentors based on the answers you’ve provided.

Together with your mentor, you’ll have to agree what topics your initial meeting will focus on and make a plan for subsequent meetings.

Please keep Karen informed on how your mentoring relationship progresses and whether you need further help.

So what are you waiting for?  Join our Mentoring Programme now.


Post written by Karen Drury, Challenging, supportive executive coach & internal communication consultant.
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