A Sense of Belonging
There are some modern-day work environs that are just plain lonely. Principal amongst them is just being an Interim Manager. Bye and large, Interim Managers work from home and are transient visitors to other workplaces when on assignment.
This also applies to sole traders, freelancers, consultants, retrenched executives and other senior executives who are between jobs.
These worthy people crave the company of similar people who understand what this lifestyle is like – the drawbacks and the benefits. AIEA provides this fellowship, both face-to-face with regular events and online.
Each member’s expertise is recognised by the provision of an AIEA post-nominal. They are:
Some members like to raise their profile by volunteering as an event speaker or MC.
- MAIEA Full Member
- CAIEA Certified Professional – can demonstrate 5+ years of experience
- FAIEA Fellow – can demonstrate 15+ years of experience
- BAIEA Business Member
Every member can opt-in to have their profiles accessed by the other members. Experience has shown that many work opportunities are passed from member to member. The Directory is positioned in the Members Only section and is not accessible by non-members. It can be accessed by members on their smart-phones using the Member App.
The AIEA Member App is available on IOS and Android and brings the member functionality to their smart phone and tablet. It gives members the ability to update their profile, book Event tickets and check on bookings. They can access the Member Directory and directly contact their fellow members.
The AIEA Store provides a platform for members to offer their services, books, training and the like. It may also contain product recommended to the members.
One of the defining characteristics of an Interim Manager is that they are always looking for their next assignments. In 2016, AIEA created a jobs board to focus on the type of work that the members sought. These interim, contract, part-time and project assignments are sometimes difficult to find through normal, recruitment agency channels. These roles span a wide range of requirements but they all have this in common – they are targeted at senior, professional people who are prepared to provide their services in a flexible way.
The AIEA-Jobs board is free to members and also free to employers and recruiters who take advantage of the service to find the senior executives for their short-term needs, the paid jobs are in the Members Only section of the website.
Dozens of new assignments are added each month; sometimes it is far more than can be accommodated by the available members.
AIEA holds regular networking events and at each event, a guest speaker (usually a senior AIEA member) gives a thirty-minute presentation on a topic of interest to fellow interim manager. You can see the previous presenters and topics here. The MC at each event is usually a volunteer AIEA member.
The AIEA events have an admission price for non-members and a greatly discounted (often free) member price. Members are encouraged to bring guests along and these guests are charged at the member rate.