Beginning a career in standards can be daunting, but it is ultimately rewarding. Standards and conformity assessment help ensure safety, support trade, and contribute to society.

When I started as a standards professional, I had work experience but not specifically in standardization. Based on my experience, here are six ways to learn about standards and conformity assessment to start your career.

SES is there for you with introductions to standards and other courses that you can take online at your own pace. For me, learning where to find standards (to use just one example) was extremely insightful. There are thousands of standards out there—where can you find them? How do standards support trade and the economy? What is the best way to run a technical committee meeting? SES courses can provide answers.

Take the opportunity to learn from your colleagues who have been developing standards for years and who are...

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