To attempt to join MENSA?

(26 Posts)
FlyHighLittleBee Sun 23-Oct-16 19:16:45

Did the online test on a whim --after watching child genius--; got 100%. I fancy giving the real thing a go. I guess it will look good on future CVs/ doctorate applications. Or am I misguided? Is it just seen as a waste of time?

megletthesecond Sun 23-Oct-16 19:20:17

I did this when I was a teen after dropping out of school, just to show myself I wasn't completely dense. Had to go to a London uni to take the test. Never put it on a CV though, hadn't occurred to me.

Stylingwax Sun 23-Oct-16 19:20:35

You go for it, but I would die laughing if someone put that they were in Mensa on their CV.

Marmelised Sun 23-Oct-16 19:20:47

My perception, waste of time, self indulgent, needy.
Sorry.
My sister joined years ago and used to get the magazine which was full of people whinging about how their childhoods had been difficult because they were sooooo intelligent. My mum kept suggesting I joined - no chance and my sister only lasted one membership year.

chickenowner Sun 23-Oct-16 19:22:34

I joined when I was a teenager, but left when I realised how tragic I was being.

The only adult I've known who was a member (and told people about it) was a former boss of mine, who was a complete and utter arse.

FlyHighLittleBee Sun 23-Oct-16 19:22:51

You go for it, but I would die laughing if someone put that they were in Mensa on their CV.

This is what I was afraid of. Growing up, I have never even heard it be mentioned, so I'm kind of unaware of perceptions of it.

Think I'll leave it blush

LaurieMarlow Sun 23-Oct-16 19:23:25

Do what you want, but ridiculous to put it on cvs/doctorate applications.

DeputyPecksBentBeak Sun 23-Oct-16 19:25:40

I read your other thread but had nothing to add flowers for you though.

YANBU to join if you think it's something that will make you happy. It's your life, you only get one, so go and do the things that make you happy. Judgement be damned.

BoinkAlongQuietly Sun 23-Oct-16 19:29:14

chickenowner I had exactly the same experience re your boss.

Do what makes you happy, OP.

sorry you are going through a tough time. Join if it makes you feel good!

greathat Sun 23-Oct-16 19:31:31

My dad's a member he quite likes the magazines. They do story writing etc with it. Don't really know much else

FlyHighLittleBee Sun 23-Oct-16 19:32:56

Thanks guys flowers

No, I'll leave it. I just wasn't sure if it was nobbish, or impressive. Have learnt it's most definitely the former, so I'll just concentrate on my mountains of uni work instead. smile

MistressMolecules Sun 23-Oct-16 19:33:07

I have asked my husband to pay for the test as my Christmas present and I just don't care! grin

FlyHighLittleBee Sun 23-Oct-16 19:33:55

Xpost greathat blush obviously it's not nobbish overall, just using it on CVs etc. Glad your dad enjoys it.

BrieAndChilli Sun 23-Oct-16 19:34:35

I joined when I was 12, the magazines didn't interest me and my mum stopped paying for he subscriptions when I left home.
It's probably worth doing just to see if you can but not really worth anything in the real world!

EssentialHummus Sun 23-Oct-16 19:35:14

As a CV writer - don't do it. It screams "smart-ass".

RockyBird Sun 23-Oct-16 19:36:19

From what I remember it is quite expensive to be a member. That may have changed in more recent years though.

JosephineMaynard Sun 23-Oct-16 19:36:53

Nothing wrong with joining Mensa, but I'd agree about it looking odd on a CV.

Actual, good, relevant qualifications would look much better on a CV.

MistressMolecules Sun 23-Oct-16 19:40:06

But you can do it just for the pleasure, it doesn't have to be about career advancement or whether it would look good on your CV, it can be about doing something that you want to purely for the pleasure of it.

Foxysoxy01 Sun 23-Oct-16 19:40:53

I think you should take the test!

It doesn't hurt to join and you might get something from it even if it's just a little self confidence boost. You don't need to tell anyone you are a member if you don't want to or if you do that's fine too.

If I met you and heard you were a member I would be interested and impressed smile

HerOtherHalf Sun 23-Oct-16 19:44:00

Just my opinion, but I think people who advertise the fact they are Mensa members are twits. IQ tests are a very unreliable measure of overall mental capability and the fact someone thinks they are worth shouting about concerns me far more than someone not having current proof of their IQ. Would you mention on your CV that you'd reached level 1001 on sudoku.com?

Lumpylumperson Sun 23-Oct-16 19:47:11

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

VladmirsPoutine Sun 23-Oct-16 19:48:21

Definitely don't put it on your CV. That said, there's no reason why you shouldn't join the community if you want to.
I'm part of a local craft club - I wouldn't ever write "won the craft club prize in 2015" on my CV.

Bertucci Sun 23-Oct-16 19:50:33

I was a member when I was a teen.

But agree with others - it's not something I would necessarily admit to.

HopelesslydevotedtoGu Sun 23-Oct-16 19:55:51

I was a member as a teenager (my parents idea...)

This was 20 years ago, so it may have changed

The magazine had a few interesting articles, but every month there was a letter from someone bemoaning that they hadn't succeeded in life despite having a sky high IQ

They always said they found Mensa invaluable in finally meeting other intelligent people and giving them a sense of achievement and worth hmm

There were many subgroups you could join according to your interests e.g. astronomy, cookery, travel, and those who wanted a hobby could throw themselves into writing newsletters and organising events

For people who don't fall into those groups I couldn't really see the point of the society

I'm not a member now!

HerOtherHalf Sun 23-Oct-16 19:57:17

Getting 100% on the test doesn't mean shit. It's a marketing gimmick to get you to join their overpriced puzzle club, nothing more.

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