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The Power of Connection: Swapnil Shende Shares Point of View on Professional Organizations for Connectivity and Career Growth

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Growing up, Project Development Engineer Swapnil Shende was always happy being on teams for sports or social committees.

Swapnil has now taken that love of teams to a professional level, joining many different professional organizations in the Kansas City area, including: ASHRAE- YEA, Young Engineers in ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerant and Air-Conditioning Engineers); MCAKC - YPC, Young Professionals Committee, Mechanical Contractors Association, Kansas City; and AEEKC: Association of Energy Engineers, Kansas City, where he currently serves as President.

Swapnil says it’s not just the social aspects of these groups that appeals to him.

“These organizations offer many different learning and networking opportunities. Organizations like the YPC help educate and train their members in different aspects of their profession and the industries they work in,” Swapnil said.

Swapnil is currently studying to get his engineering license, and says that AEE has been a huge help.

“Not only do they offer classes that help me study for the test, but other members who have already earned their license also offer support,” Swapnil said.

"These professional associations provide many learning opportunities that cover subject matter related to the Professional Engineering License exam and design engineering."

Swapnil says that while the educational aspect is helpful, the networking can be even more beneficial.

“Not only are you talking to colleagues in the industry, you are talking to vendors and owners too, and learning their perspective.” Swapnil said. “It’s connections like this that foster business relationships and can spur creative problem solving.”

The organizations also focus on “soft skills”. Organization, leadership, and budgeting are just a few of areas Swapnil says have been beneficial.

The value of simple conversations may not be something a lot of us think about, but for Swapnil, participation in outside organizations has helped his communication skills, too. 

“English isn’t my first language, so being able to socialize has improved my English,” Swapnil said.

Thinking of Joining a Professional Organization?

Did you know? As an employee of P1, you are automatically a member of MCAA. They offer many educational opportunities and networking gatherings. Check out the website to see the upcoming schedule of events. 

Thinking of joining? Swapnil says do it! “I highly encourage everyone interested in networking, recreational activities, and honing their leadership and organizational skills to join outside trade organizations. These organizations provide great opportunities for personal and professional growth."

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