How to Prepare for a Career Conference

Attending a career conference is a great way to gain insight about your field of study and learn more about what it takes to land an interview and secure a job.  Career conferences consist of multiple sessions that you can attend, each focusing on a different interest. We know career conferences can be overwhelming, so here are some tips to help you prepare for the Michigan Global Future Conference and getting the most out of this great experience!


Networking never stops. Throughout your career, you will always be meeting new people, forming professional relationships and networking. At a career conference you will be meeting students who share your interests in learning more about your industry, and employers who are there because they want to teach you. It is important to build connections with the people you meet! Business cards and resumes are a couple of things you can bring to help you network.

Dress appropriately

Make sure you dress professionally. You never know whom you will meet at a career conference, so you want to look presentable. Pick clothes that travel well and are weather appropriate, and make sure your shoes are comfortable enough to wear for an entire day.

Take notes

You are here to learn, so it is important to take notes so you can have them for reference once you leave the conference. Bring something easily transportable to take notes with, a pen and paper, tablet, or even a camera to take pictures of slides the presenters may use.

Social Media

Interacting on social media is a great way to get involved and interact digitally with a conference. At the Michigan Global Future conference, we will be using the hashtag #MGFD2014. If you tweet or post about something you learned or to someone you met, use the hashtag and other people who are at the conference and are also interacting can see what you have shared. It is a great way to meet people and get noticed on social networks.

By following these tips, you will be making the most out of your career conference experience! We hope you have fun at the Michigan Global Future Conference!