There are endless ways for tech pros to keep their skills sharp and their careers moving forward: online classes, bootcamps, competitions, podcasts, blogs, forums, webinars, etc. No matter how you choose to keep up with the industry, there are a host of reasons why every pro should keep their careers fresh by attending conferences.
Build New Connections
If there is one thing you can count on at a tech conference, it’s the opportunity to network. You’ll have chances before and after keynotes and breakout sessions, and most conferences incorporate mixers, meals and happy hours where you can mingle and build your network.
See What’s Coming
Most conferences are about trends in the industry – what’s hot now and what is next on the horizon. On the expo floor, you’ll find a host of companies working on new technologies and you’ll have the chance to demo them and see them in action. You can read about new tech on blogs and in journals, but nothing compares to a hands-on experience, and you’ll benefit from seeing new tech up close.
Re-Energize With Like-Minded People
You may work with a few people who share your passion in your niche, but nothing compares to being in a large room full of people who share those passions. It is energizing to hear experts speak and to engage in conversations with people who are there for the same reasons you are: to learn, to grow, to discuss new ideas and to better yourself as a tech pro.
Return With Greater Focus
Conferences breed excitement. You will leave with new knowledge, new connections, and you’ll likely come back to work armed with strategies and tactics you can’t wait to test out in the real world. You’ll feel more focused and connected to your work, and you can share that knowledge with your coworkers to help them improve, as well.
2019 Tech Conferences to Consider
There are thousands of tech conferences large and small across the country each year. There are so many, in fact, that it can be overwhelming to try and choose which to attend. TechRepublic recently put together a month-by-month list of valuable conferences to help you plan. If you’re still not sure, talk to your boss about your intentions and try to choose one or two that will be the most beneficial. Don’t forget to ask whether the company will sponsor your costs – many employers will foot all or some of the bill for professional development.
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