Discussing the Value of APTA Membership on #XchangeSA
What compels people to be members of APTA? What's the value of membership, especially for students and new professionals?
In the June #XchangeSA chat, Ben Fung, PT, DPT, MBA, answered those questions with concrete examples in his deep dive into APTA membership.
Here are a few highlights:
- "I missed out on all of that student involvement and advocacy in school. The single greatest benefit to any PT or PTA student is the APTA community. The more you get involved with it, the more it becomes a career accelerator for you."
- "Being an engaged member early on is a success accelerator."
- "Like many people out there, I was a disengaged member. It was my first year out (of school) and I was like, well, it's the 'right thing to do.' Today I renew, and I will continue to renew, because I have met the people who have done it, I have seen their work firsthand, and I have seen their work behind the scenes, and I know what goes into that. Look, if this is the dutiful thing to do, if you're [renewing] because you know someone is advocating for you, that's great. But that's not where it ends. That's not the goal. Protecting the profession is a given. Promoting your profession,that is what makes us grow."
- "I'd say there's more roles for opportunity than there are people to fill them. So just raise your hand. They're not asking you to hold up a building, they're just asking you to do a little bit."
- "What the APTA does excellently is that they create the opportunity to build deeper communities."
- "I would pick and choose what you're interested in, what you're passionate about, and what you're good at. If there's too many choices, and you want to do all of it? Ask a mentor, professor, friend, 'Where do you see me at?' and just try it. Remember this isn't a lifelong commitment. Try things out."
You can see the entire exchange above, listen to it as a podcast, or check out more highlights from social media below.
Don't miss the next #XchangeSA chat Tuesday, July 12, when we'll talk about mentorship with John Childs, PT, PhD, MBA.