I've been a member of the IEEE since 2007 and the ACM since 2008, joining around my second year of undergraduate education. Every few years, I evaluate whether or not the membership continues to be worth it to me. For me, that time is now as my memberships expire at the end of February.
As I consider what I do for 2018, I'd like to hear from other professionals:
- If you have never joined a professional society, why have you never joined, what is keeping you from joining, or what would need to happen to encourage you to join?
- If you have have joined a professional society and canceled or opted to not renew your membership, what drove you to cancel or not renew your membership?
- If you are currently a member of one or more professional societies, what keeps you renewing your membership?
Since there were comments asking about professional organizations and professional societies, I'm primarily thinking about the ACM and the IEEE (and even more specifically, the IEEE Computer Society. But this could also be any number of smaller organizations focused on a particular demographic or with a smaller geographic footprint as well.