There are numerous benefits for volunteering with us but what it comes down to is your resume. What distinguishes you from other engineering students? This is an important question to ask, and IEEE|SB brings you, at the very least, one step closer to the solution. Volunteering shows:
- Strong character and willingness to take initiative
- Dedication to the engineering discipline
- That you are more than just a student
- Expanding your network
The fact that you decided to step up to the plate and contribute to the community which you are part of is a great indication of character.
Engineering has many dimensions and nuances; one cannot accept one and ignore the other. The reality is engineering means not only having the aptitude for the academic aspects, but also the social aspects that comes with the discipline.
Worldliness makes you stand out. Seeing the bigger picture, or how certain events or objects affect each other is a crucial skill for success. Volunteering with us will show you a glimpse of what needs to be done behind the scenes to actually make things happen.
Every volunteer must play their part and that almost always involves interacting with others. With IEEE|SB, our volunteers often interact with industry professionals, faculty members and driven students. Let those who may potentially be your employers, teachers and even colleagues, get to know who you are in the present, so they may remember you when it counts over everyone else in the future!
See our AGM presentation expanding all of this [.pdf]
Although it is free to volunteer with IEEE|SB at the University of Alberta, there is a small fee to join the IEEE Organization. Undergraduate students are heavily subsidized with membership costing only $32 annually. The more tangible benefits include:
- Subscription to IEEE Spectrum and Potentials magazines
- Access to the IEEE Xplore online digital library
- Get your own @ieee.org e-mail alias
- Hundreds of conferences in all areas of IEEE; members receive discounts on registration
- Access to technical chapters such as EMBS, MTT, A&P
- Eligibility for awards and scholarships
- Become involved in professional activities related to your discipline