My first conference experience was as a first year at the NSHMBA Career Conference in Anaheim California. I was just arriving to school and rights away you need to start polish your professional image and branding in front of hundreds of companies in only two days.
I prepared a list of companies to target and research the positions they were hiring for at the conference. It was really challenging for me because the conference environment is highly competitive and fast pace, so you have to convey your value proposition to the company in less than a couple of minutes. For a foreigner as me this was a totally new experience, since back home we do not have these large scale events.
The first experience allowed me to identify my strengths and weaknesses and help me to prepare a different strategy for this year’s NSHMBA Conference in Orlando Florida. I believe the previous experience and the knowledge you acquire on the program in your first year enhance your confidence and this is shown in the way you approach recruiters.
Remember conferences is a setting where employers are looking for talent and you are that talent they are looking for, so in order to be a win-win situation you have to prepare yourself, so do your homework and ultimately be yourself.
by Ana Castro – 2nd year MBA Student of the Robert H. Smith School of Business.