Regardless of where you’re at in your career, finding an organization of like-minded professionals to keep you in the loop and sharp in your field is valuable.

But why? You went to school and are part of an FMO, so what more could you need?

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Community

Just like you’d find a local group of young professionals when moving to a new town, the same can be said when looking for success in the insurance industry. A professional organization like the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) or the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) will link you to other like-minded people with your values. Being part of a chapter gives you access to networking opportunities you’d be hard-pressed to find on your own.

Standards

We’ve all got our own professional ethics, however being part of an organization that provides them gives you more direction, and allows you to spend more time focusing on your own success. NAIFA provides ample copy, courses and webinars centered specifically around ethics and leadership, walking you through best practices in the insurance field in each step of your career. Not only does this keep you informed as to what’s expected of your performance, but it’s a guide for what you should expect from your peers.

Being part of an organization that provides ethics standards gives you more direction, and allows you to spend more time focusing on your own success.

News

Sure, anyone can check their favorite news source for the latest in any area they choose, but a professional organization like NAHU is writing some of those headlines for the benefit of both you and your client. They’re in Washington analyzing federal legislative activities that will impact how you do your job. Not only that, but NAHU has its own Daily Newswire, taking updates from reputable sources and bringing them to your inbox each morning.

Advocacy

Both NAHU and NAIFA are invested in fairness in health insurance – not only in providing it, but in making it affordable. For instance, Compliance Cornered, NAHU’s blog, covers various concerns of health reform, and they also offer monthly webinars to keep you informed on the latest in Washington.

NAIFA gets involved with legislators at a face-to-face level, implementing the Insurance and Financial Advisors Political Action Committee (IFAPAC) to support candidates in public office working for the issues close to you and your clients. It’s just one of several programs set in place to make sure you, your peers and clients see success.

Leadership

Of course you strive for more as your career progresses, but furthering your education can be expensive and time consuming, taking away from your time with clients and generating leads. Being part of a professional organization gives you access to courses, instructional webinars, workshops and conferences so you can work toward leadership roles in your community on your time and without breaking the bank. There are also annual conventions hosted by NAIFA and NAHU each year to give you the latest information in learning opportunities.

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So why wouldn’t you join a professional organization? With all the benefits and opportunities each has to offer, you could be missing out on more success than you thought. You put a lot of work into getting to this point in your career – why stop there?