The event I chose to attend was Radify Labs Online Tech Conference. The event was not streamed live, but was open for 48 hours to watch pre-recorded videos from five individuals who work in the Tech industry. It included a link to a chat program where I could read archives and ask my own questions about a variety of topics. Some of these categories were resume writing, career advice, job board and a variety of other helpful tools. It also allowed each attendee to schedule an online chat with a professional. The woman who I thought would have the most insight for me personally was completely booked, but I was able to track her down on the chat program and pick her brain!
By interacting with her, I was able to get some answers and tips about my future career path. She was able to give me some helpful information about getting into a master’s program. This was huge for me as I have once already applied and didn’t make the cut, so having the perspective of someone whose gone through the process before was incredibly valuable. She also gave me information on her past careers and what these jobs entailed. Our discussion only solidified that this was the field that I would like to pursue and I am so grateful I got to have a one-on-one chat with her.
The biggest thing I’m going to take away from this event and interactions is general career advice. The conference was not geared exactly to what I want to do but is in a similar field, so I could apply a lot of the things that were talked about to what I want to do.
“Follow your heart, and don’t overthink your career choices”- Sean Lauer, one of the speakers in the online conference. This quote resonated with me because I’ve been doing exactly that; overthinking and stressing about my career path and what’s going to get me where I want to be. He goes on to say that you’re going to have many jobs in your lifetime and eventually the dots will connect, but they won’t before you finish your own story.
I would love to find an event set up exactly as this one was, but more focused on social media, videography, content creation and communications. This would be ideal and give me huge amounts of insight into what I’d like to be doing. With that said, I did really enjoy this conference and is was easy and informative. It also instantly links you with other people in the industry! Overall it was very well done and I will be following along to see if there’s more events like this one in the future.