By Lilian Wamaitha
As a Kenyan job seeker, are you aware of the professional bodies in Kenya? The job market has become a competitive affair and requires one to stand out if you are to get ahead in your job search. For this reason, Ms. Muthoni Ndegwa a HR expert advices on at least joining one professional body that is relevant to your career.
According to Ms. Ndegwa, these professional bodies spice up your CV. There are certain job positions that require you to a member of a professional body.
The good news is that there is almost a professional body for every profession, from engineer, marketers and journalists to human resources. You can join these professional bodies in Kenya either as a student which is cheaper or as a regular member or a corporate.
I am going to highlight some of the professional bodies in Kenya that you should join in 2017. Of course the list cannot be exhausted so if you don’t see one that is in line with your profession, it doesn’t mean that it’s not important.
Some of The Professional Bodies In Kenya
Are you looking for a chance where you can interact with other professionals in your field? Here are the top professional bodies in Kenya you can join this year.
1. Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Have you done accounting or is currently doing your CPAs? You can boost you career by joining the Institute of Public Accountants. Among the top professional bodies in Kenya, the body regulates the activities of public accountants in Kenya.
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2. Institute of Human Resource Management
Another professional body in Kenya you should be thinking of joining this year especially of you are a HR professional. The human resource field is very competitive and you need something that can make you stand out from the masses. IHRM holds events once in a while which you should make a point of attending just to network with other people in your field.
3. Institution of Engineers of Kenya
Founded in 1972, the Institute of Engineers of Kenya is the right professional body to join if you are in the engineering field – whether mechanical, civil, software or any other. The joining fee for students is only 200 shilling and graduates 2, 000 shillings and it increases with the level. Are you an engineer still wondering which professional body you should join? Become a member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya.
4. Kenya Medical Practitioner and Dentists Board
If you are in the medical field this is one of the professional bodies in Kenya you should join today. In compliance with the rules and regulations of the body, doctors as well as dentists are eligible to become members.
5. The Media Council of Kenya
Its main mandate is to regulate the practice of journalism in the country but apart from that it ensures accreditation of Kenyan journalists. If you are in the media industry and wish to practice as journalist, you are supposed to get accredited by the body in order to practice.
6. Marketing Society of Kenya
They say that marketers are the real drivers of the economy. If you are in the marketing field, this is the best professional body you should join.
7. Public Relations Society of Kenya
Existing since 1971, PRSK still remains the best professional body for public relations professions. PRSK continues to endeavor to reward public relations professionals in the country PRSK award for Excellence awards held every year. Anyone in the field of PR and related ones can join either as student, associate of full member.
8. Kenya Association of Project Manager
One of the professionals bodies in Kenya, the association works on behalf of project planning professionals in Kenya.
9. Kenya Institute of Supplies Management
This is a professional body in Kenya that acts on behalf of procurement and supply management professionals. Some of the professional bodies in Kenya have existed for decades. Joining a professional body is always advantageous for anyone looking you launch a successful career in their field.
10. Law Society of Kenya
For our learned brothers and sisters, you can join the Law Society of Kenya. Its mandate is to assist and advice member of the legal profession.
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