Last week, I went to a workshop put on by the Colorado Water Congress and the Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance. I had a great time, learned a lot, and met some interesting people. I’ve already talked about how to get the most out of networking at something like this at Studenomics. Instead of just repeating myself, I’m going to use this time to talk about why you should go to events like this.
Workshops and lectures, whether part of a larger conference or convention, or separate are great opportunities no matter your career level, but especially for the entry-level job seeker. Basically there are two reasons to attend, education and networking.
And you thought you were done with that when you graduated, didn’t you? Well, guess again. Education is a never-ending and life-long process. In some fields, there is even a continuing education requirement to make sure you stay current. Might as well get a start on it now. Education is the reason these things exist in the first place. If you pick one relevant to your specialization, or in a specialization you’re interested in expanding into, these workshops will keep you current and relevant in your field.
Outside of an actual job, there are few places you will ever go that have a higher concentration of people interested in the same thing as you. And most of them will have jobs! I.e. potential inside links to the position you want at the company you like. That said, NEVER ask anyone there for a job. That’s a surefire way to not get any information or help from them.