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How to Get into BCS and What is there once you are Inside. Jane Littlehales MBCS CEng. Grades Available. Fellow Member Most appropriate/useful Apply for Chartered Engineer status at same time Associate On the way to becoming member

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grades available
Grades Available
  • Fellow
  • Member
    • Most appropriate/useful
    • Apply for Chartered Engineer status at same time
  • Associate
    • On the way to becoming member
  • Affiliate, Business Affiliate, Student, Graduate, Companion …
    • Worth the fee?
costs
Costs
  • £49 Basic subscription to Graduate membership while processing form
  • £55 Processing Fee
    • Total £104
    • Takes 2-3 months to process
  • £105 annual fee if accepted for membership
applying
Applying
  • Membership grades based on points
    • Academic qualifications
    • Experience
    • CPD
  • Self assessment form on Web
    • Form
    • Guidance notes
    • FAQs
slide5
Next
  • Complete Professional Membership Application form
  • Need two supporters to validate your form
    • One must be BCS member
    • I’ll validate anyone 
  • You send form to BCS
  • Copies sent back to you to give to supporters
  • Supporters fill in their bits
  • They give the sealed envelopes to you to send to BCS
slide6
More
  • BCS will invite you to an interview
    • Approx. time, place chosen by you on form
  • Panel of 3 members
    • May not have experiences similar to yours
typical questions
Typical Questions
  • CDP pursued
  • Responsibilities for people and technology
  • Reporting chanels
  • System development, programming
  • Standards worked to
  • Qualitative and quantitative measures of effectiveness
  • Are you professional enough?
  • Are you in IT enough?
and then
And then
  • Can take several more months to hear
  • May need to pay more membership fees if have run out!
  • Letter and Certificates for MBCS and Chartered Engineer
    • Hoorah!

My initial application in January 2000

Achieved full membership in September 2000

what benefits
What Benefits?
  • Oxon BCS meetings open to all
  • Usual branded ties, scarves, coasters
  • More letters after your name
    • BCS use all your letters in all correspondence
  • Computer Bulletin magazine
  • Special interest groups
    • SIG publications
more benefits
More Benefits
  • New e-bulletin
  • Mailing lists
  • Discounts on useful publications
  • Recognition
    • Nationally and internationally
    • Proof of professionalism
the taste of things to come
The taste of things to come …
  • BCS is changing
  • See latest and next Bulletin, Web
  • Recognise that image and services are wrong
  • Changes are being described now
    • Some already in place
    • Others in November
  • Looks like it could be good
new features
New Features
  • Less emphasis on software engineering and management
  • More on training, support roles
  • New forums – one on Education
  • Membership structure and application requirements overhauled
  • New SIGs
is it worth it
Is it worth it?
  • For me, yes
    • Like to be thought of as professional
    • Work not mainstream IT
    • Keep in touch with wider IT world
      • Other fields
      • Outside University
      • Pass on info to others
conclusions
Conclusions
  • Do the self assessment
  • Read the (new, improved) Web pages
  • Attend a few Oxon BCS meetings
  • Decide
    • Are you committed to CPD?
    • Do you want to pay £105 a year?
    • Do you want the recognition?
  • Go for it!
    • Or not
thanks

Thanks

Any questions?