With National Conference quickly approaching, it is vital that you are prepared to wow the career representatives and fellow engineers. That is where this blog post comes in handy. Think of it as your guide and checklist to WE18, to ensure everything goes smooth.
First and foremost, register for the conference through National SWE. Unfortunately, Early Bird Registration has ended, but no fear, you can register as a collegiate member through this website: https://registration.experientevent.com/ShowWEC181. After registering, be sure to sign up for events going on!
As for travel accomodations, that is done individually, not through UNT SWE. Our housing application is also closed, so hotel accommodations will also have to be made individually.
As for the conference, it is very important that you update and print multiple copies of your resume. It is better to have more than less, so plan to bring around 25 copies. If you want to use nice paper/cardstock for your resumes, plan a week ahead to print them out. The same goes for business cards. Through UNT, it takes around a week to prepare and print the business cards. There are multitude of resources that can be used to ensure your resume is void of grammar mistakes, and represents you in the best possible way. For more information about resumes, and how UNT can help, visit this link: https://studentaffairs.unt.edu/career-center/students-and-alumni/find-a-job-or-internship/resumes-and-cover-letters.
While representing yourself through your resume is important, presenting yourself with your business attire and prepared elevator pitch is too. Plan to pack around 3-4 business outfits, and 1-2 casual outfits for the conference. It is important that you dress accordingly, and are prepared when meeting career representatives. As for your elevator pitch, be original, and highlight your best attributes that recruiters will be looking for. There are so many tips and resources online to help you create your own elevator pitch.
National Conference is an amazing opportunity for you to network, meet other SWE members, and learn about what is going on in your field and the industry. It is also a great resource for finding potential internships or jobs. WE18 is the largest engineering conference in the nation, so it is important to leave a lasting impression with the recruiters. By preparing ahead of time and utilizing the multitudes of resources at your disposal, you can represent yourself and your SWE chapter in the best possible way.
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