I’m thinking about joining a Professional Association.
I’m interested in networking, mentoring (being mentored), access to discounted services (e.g. insurance) and notification of other things that I’m currently not doing but should be doing.
I’m not so interested in others’ perceptions, e.g. looking more professional/trustworthy.
I’m based in New Zealand but curious about the international associations as well.
A quick Google gives me the Institute of IT Professionals http://iitp.nz/ in New Zealand.