Professional Development Opportunities

    Success in today’s fast-moving business and technical fields relies more than ever on constantly acquiring new skills and knowledge. Gain the edge you need by taking advantage of all that ASTM International has to offer. ASTM membership not only puts you on the cutting edge of global standards development activities, it also offers one of the richest professional development and learning environments you’ll find anywhere.

    Investing your time and expertise in ASTM membership can deliver a powerful return in professional growth: helping develop valuable skills that will build your career and position you for future leadership.

    ASTM International is your gateway to tremendous professional development opportunities:

    1. Enhance Your Communications Skill

    Good communication skills can motivate, inspire and persuade. They are the foundation of strong leadership. Through committee meetings, symposia participation and other Society-sponsored venues, ASTM members can sharpen their public speaking and presentation skills, learning how to better inform and communicate in a larger group setting. In addition, by helping to write and revise technical standards, members improve their writing capabilities, crafting complex documents used throughout entire industries.

    2. Become a Consensus Builder and Problem Solver

    Under the ASTM umbrella, talented technical experts with diverse ideas turn conflict into cooperative action. ASTM members learn how to embrace opposing views, engage in respectful debate, and resolve impasses to create a work product that embodies the input of all involved. Through the nuances of the ASTM process — and all the give and take that makes it unique — ASTM members emerge as skilled negotiators and return to their workplaces as improved team players.

    3. Take on a Leadership Role Right Now

    For up-and-coming leaders with a passion for new challenges, ASTM technical committees offer plentiful opportunities to step forward. By accepting a leadership position — whether on a task group, subcommittee or main committee — you will be the one at the front of the room, setting the strategic direction for critical standard initiatives.

    4. Hone Your Organizational Talents

    Leadership assignments are also the perfect vehicle for mastering the organizational skills and parliamentary procedures that boost meeting productivity and facilitate teamwork — a valuable asset you can take back to your own company. For the hard work they put in, ASTM committee officers gain the admiration of their peers and achieve heightened recognition in their industry.

    5. Feed Your Intellectual Curiosity

    ASTM membership brings ongoing direct interaction with the major players shaping your industry on a global scale — peers, colleagues, regulators, consumer advocates and others. Working side-by-side with the brightest minds in your field, you’ll expand your knowledge base and gain the intellectual stimulation that will inspire new ideas for tackling challenges and solving problems.

    6. Serve as an Ambassador for Your Company

    Working directly with such a large cross-section of influencers also keeps your finger on the pulse of the latest issues and innovations happening in your industry. As a result, ASTM members take on the role of de facto ambassadors, representing their organizations among key external audiences and acquiring real-time market intelligence. Armed with the power of information, you can contribute to better decision-making throughout your company — from the R & D lab to the manufacturing floor and up to the board room.

    ASTM International connects you to a world of professional development that will build the skills you need to succeed today and into the future. Make the most of everything ASTM membership has to offer.