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For those who categorize themselves as "doers," joining an organization of your professional peers might pump up your career. There is an organization called The Graphic Artists Guild for graphic artists and other design types. The Graphic Artists Guild is a national union of illustrators, designers, web creators, production artists, surface designers and other creatives who have come together to pursue common goals, share their experience, raise industry standards, and improve the ability of visual creators to achieve satisfying and rewarding careers.
The Guild gives direct connection to a designer's peers. Workshops and events sponsored at the local chapter levels provide colleagues an opportunity to meet in a noncompetitive environment, network, and take action on issues of concern. Members appreciate a community where information on business practices, employment opportunities, clients, vendors, and technology is shared.