Academic conferences are tons of fun – did you know that carnival attendance around the United States has dropped in favor of hitting up academic conferences?
People – mostly professors, graduate assistants, school administrators, and practitioners of relevant fields – attend academic conferences to both beef up their resumes and learn things that are likely to increase their comprehension of whatever fields those particular conferences are for. However, these solid reasonings aren’t the only reasons why people attend academic conferences. Whether you’re an academician, practitioner, or simply someone who is interested in working in a particular field, you can benefit from some or all of the benefits covered below.
Finding Employment In Academia Isn’t A Cakewalk
Most college professors tend to remain in their positions for many years at a time; job field research indicates that professors, in fact, typically have longer stints with their employers than people who work in most other disciplines. As such, academic hopefuls should attend all the academic conferences they possibly can and do a good job at networking. While it’s always good to make friends who are interested in the same things as you, you should be more worried about capitalizing on networking opportunities than simply making friends.
Giving Presentations Is A Great Way To Boost One’s Academic Street Cred
Whether you’re a tenured college professor with several degrees or simply a graduate school student, try your hardest to be selected to present findings in front of your peers. This will boost your proverbial draft stock and add to your credibility in your field of study.
Presentations Are A Great Way Of Getting Things Published
Many academic journals simply aren’t interested in reviewing submissions from people who aren’t well-known. Further, if you do a good job of presenting your findings in a manner that’s easy to digest, respected figures in your field are more likely to be willing to peer-review them than pieces of research that they’re not familiar with at all.
Succeeding in academia is often difficult. Why not apply yourself as much as possible at the next chemical analysis conference? Make sure to attend as many as possible.