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I was invited today to join the Manchester chapter of an American fraternity called Alpha Kappa Psi. I went to a meeting today and it all sounds great. 200000 members (98% in US). It's a business fraternity with the aim of letting you meet with the best, and network with the best that the business world has to offer. Nixon and Reagan the US Presidents were all members. I left feeling very impressed, but also feeling like it was something akin to the Free Masons.

Anyone else been offered the chance to join a fraternity, or has anyone joined one?

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I was invited today to join the Manchester chapter of an American fraternity called Alpha Kappa Psi. I went to a meeting today and it all sounds great. 200000 members (98% in US). It's a business fraternity with the aim of letting you meet with the best, and network with the best that the business world has to offer. Nixon and Reagan the US Presidents were all members. I left feeling very impressed, but also feeling like it was something akin to the Free Masons.

Anyone else been offered the chance to join a fraternity, or has anyone joined one?

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My brother's in the Manch branch of the AKP - he went to Chicago with them and stayed in a 5* hotel for several nights. It was heavily subsidised so I believe it only cost him something like £600 including flights
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I was invited today to join the Manchester chapter of an American fraternity called Alpha Kappa Psi. I went to a meeting today and it all sounds great. 200000 members (98% in US). It's a business fraternity with the aim of letting you meet with the best, and network with the best that the business world has to offer. Nixon and Reagan the US Presidents were all members. I left feeling very impressed, but also feeling like it was something akin to the Free Masons.

Anyone else been offered the chance to join a fraternity, or has anyone joined one?

Ed
How do you get selected for them?
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Never heard of them here. I suppose you have to move in the right circles. Tis a bit mafia like isn't it?
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My brother's in the Manch branch of the AKP - he went to Chicago with them and stayed in a 5* hotel for several nights. It was heavily subsidised so I believe it only cost him something like £600 including flights
it normally costs that much anyway
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it normally costs that much anyway

i know it may be silly buts a fraternity?
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it normally costs that much anyway
Uh...flights and 5* hotels ? £600 ?
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Sounds like some sort of cult to me.
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If you want to join an organisation that's similar in the way in which it'll develop your business skills, contacts and let you have an absolutely brilliant time then consider AIESEC (http://www.uk.aiesec.org). It aims to promote cultural diversity through exchange, although a core element of it's practice is the personal development of it's members, as well as enjoying participation (basically, have some of the best parties you will ever attend).

To name drop, in the UK we are sponsored by Diageo, Cadbury Schweppes, Vodafone, BA, PwC, KPMG, Deloitte & Touche and a number of other large companies, who often give AIESEC alumni preferrential treatment regarding recruitment. We are based at 25 UK universities, including Oxford, Cambridge and LSE, and are currently represented in over 80 countries around the world, with over 25000 active members around the World. It gives you a unique opportunity to meet some incredible people and to make life long friendships.

In terms of travelling, in my time in AIESEC I've gone to Latvia and Norway- they paid for my transport, food and accommodation. I've also travelled around the UK. However, not everyone will get these experiences- AIESEC is an organisation that gives you what you put in.
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What about sororities? Do they have any of them here? Or maybe we in Britain are so stable that the only club we join is Blockbuster?
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(Original post by marabara)
it normally costs that much anyway
No actually. Five nights in a 5* hotel cost them £100 total, eg £20 per night. The normal rate is £100 per night.
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My brother's in the Manch branch of the AKP - he went to Chicago with them and stayed in a 5* hotel for several nights. It was heavily subsidised so I believe it only cost him something like £600 including flights
What is his name?
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How do you get selected for them?
In my case, it was by happening to have a tutorial with someone who is a member.
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(Original post by MuvverRussia)
If you want to join an organisation that's similar in the way in which it'll develop your business skills, contacts and let you have an absolutely brilliant time then consider AIESEC (http://www.uk.aiesec.org). It aims to promote cultural diversity through exchange, although a core element of it's practice is the personal development of it's members, as well as enjoying participation (basically, have some of the best parties you will ever attend).

To name drop, in the UK we are sponsored by Diageo, Cadbury Schweppes, Vodafone, BA, PwC, KPMG, Deloitte & Touche and a number of other large companies, who often give AIESEC alumni preferrential treatment regarding recruitment. We are based at 25 UK universities, including Oxford, Cambridge and LSE, and are currently represented in over 80 countries around the world, with over 25000 active members around the World. It gives you a unique opportunity to meet some incredible people and to make life long friendships.

In terms of travelling, in my time in AIESEC I've gone to Latvia and Norway- they paid for my transport, food and accommodation. I've also travelled around the UK. However, not everyone will get these experiences- AIESEC is an organisation that gives you what you put in.
It sounds very similar to Alpha Kappa Psi. One thing in favour of AKP is that having become a member, I'll be welcome in the relevent 'frat' houses at any of the proper US universities. See 'Road Trip' for example.

And regards names dropping, exactly the same names were dropped at the meeting I attended last night.
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It sounds very similar to Alpha Kappa Psi. One thing in favour of AKP is that having become a member, I'll be welcome in the relevent 'frat' houses at any of the proper US universities. See 'Road Trip' for example.

And regards names dropping, exactly the same names were dropped at the meeting I attended last night.
I don't know much about fraternities but it sounds like this is a glammed up version of "the old boys network" that we're trying so hard to get rid of. The invitation to join obviously doesn't extent to women..
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I don't know much about fraternities but it sounds like this is a glammed up version of "the old boys network" that we're trying so hard to get rid of. The invitation to join obviously doesn't extent to women..
60% of members are female.

And why is the "old boys network" such a bad thing in real, and not idealistic, terms?
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I was invited today to join the Manchester chapter of an American fraternity called Alpha Kappa Psi. I went to a meeting today and it all sounds great. 200000 members (98% in US). It's a business fraternity with the aim of letting you meet with the best, and network with the best that the business world has to offer. Nixon and Reagan the US Presidents were all members. I left feeling very impressed, but also feeling like it was something akin to the Free Masons.

Anyone else been offered the chance to join a fraternity, or has anyone joined one?

Ed

my friend up in manchester has joined that- she really enjoys it!!!
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60% of members are female.

And why is the "old boys network" such a bad thing in real, and not idealistic, terms?
Ok- I take that back- I thought a fraternity was just for guys.

as for the "old boys network".. it prevents people who have not necessarily had the opportunity to network (for different reasons eg. background, discrimnation etc) having opportunities in their careers. These opportunities should be based on ability and not on "who you know".. surely you can see that?
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AKPsi is a co-ed business frat, they're not really a "real" frat per say, but they are generally regard more highly then the other business frat (beta alpha psi), at least here amoung business undergrads at berkeley. They'll make you do silly stuff, but it is a good place to network and build your connections, it is also a good place to get some practical business training. I donno how the AKPsi chapter are in UK, here at Cal they have workshops, seminars, other events and also their own inhouse non-profit consulting team. Great resume builder i would think...
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Ok- I take that back- I thought a fraternity was just for guys.

as for the "old boys network".. it prevents people who have not necessarily had the opportunity to network (for different reasons eg. background, discrimnation etc) having opportunities in their careers. These opportunities should be based on ability and not on "who you know".. surely you can see that?
The old boys network allows the successful to stay successful and keep it within the family/friend/social group. In that respect, it is very useful for the business leaders.

It can only be criticised on ideological grounds. But everything can be criticised on ideological grounds.
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