If you’re a young professional in the industrial hygiene and occupational (IH/OH) field, a conference like AIHce EXP
can feel exciting — but overwhelming — at the same time. There is a lot to take in even if you’ve spent decades in the industry, so we know that the event can be that much more intense for young professionals just hitting their stride.
As you’re planning your trip to Minneapolis for the 2019 AIHce EXP, we recommend putting some of the following items on your agenda during the time you’re with us.
AIHce EXP is a fantastic place to further your career development
as an IH/OH professional. In the digital age, a versatile and professional headshot can make a fantastic first impression. If you’re looking to update your LinkedIn profile picture, you’ll want to stop by AIHA Booth 1735 on Tuesday to get a free headshot. Speaking of making an impression, you won’t want to miss the “Branding Yourself and Showing Confidence During Your Job Search” presentation during the CareerAdvantage Fair
Sure, conferences allow for continued education, but for young professionals, these events are the perfect place to make connections that can take a career in unlimited directions. From the welcome reception to the keynotes to the breakout sessions, opportunities abound not only to learn what’s happening in your industry but also to have conversations that’ll open your mind in ways reading a research paper can’t.
First time attending the conference?
Did you know that we have a Personal AIHce EXP Liaison Program
that’ll match you with an experienced AIHce attendee? PALs are encouraged to contact their matches before AIHce EXP to learn what the first-timer hopes to gain from his or her conference experience and to arrange a time and location to meet at the start of conference.
It’s never too early to think about developing your leadership skills
. We’re excited about this year’s inaugural Women in IH Leadership Summit; there you’ll find a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills that you can apply immediately as well as build on. Don’t miss our interview
with two of the presenters who are raising awareness about critical issues affecting women in the workplace today.
Here’s another thing that you (probably) get to do only at AIHce EXP: play with the latest IH tech and tools. The Expo Hall is where you’ll get to test some of the hottest tech designed to help you find success on your job. AIHce also offers you the chance to go behind the scenes
to look at occupational and environmental health and safety issues in the daily operations of a facility or program.
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