By Charleah Trombitas
This year, PRSSA National Conference will be held in Boston, Massachusetts and runs from Oct. 6th to 10th. National Conference is open to all PRSSA members and even those who are non-members. It brings all of the chapters across the nation together to meet one another and talk about PR best practices. So, if you’re not sold already, here are five reasons you should attend conference:
All of the networking opportunities
Not only are there many successful professionals to network with, there are thousands of PRSSA members from across the country at your disposal. This is a great time to make friends and share expertise. You never know who may be able to help you in the future. If you’re a younger student, this is a great opportunity to shake some of the networking jitters and start shaking some hands!
The ability to bond with other PRSSA Kent members
It can be hard to form strong relationships with peers in your classes. Everyone is busy and always running to the next thing. Going to #PRSSANC is a great way to get to know your fellow classmates. This is a support system that will take you past graduation and into your first career.
Professional development is great for interviews
Being able to show an employer, whether for an internship or first job, that you care enough about your field to put in efforts to attend a conference is a big deal. Employers will see you as a go-getter and feel good about your capabilities. This is especially great if you are a freshman or sophomore. Professionals are blown away when they hear about ambitious young students taking the initiative to learn and grow as much as possible.
The programming for 2017 is amazing
If you haven’t already checked out all of the enriching programs planned for conference, take a look. If you’ve been to conference before, this year will be a whole new experience. So many influential PR professionals are taking time from their jobs to speak to students, it’s not an opportunity that should be easily passed up.
The planning support offered by PRSSA Kent
PRSSA Kent is lucky to have a chapter surrounded by supportive faculty and a supportive e-board. It’s easy to plan to go to conference with the help of fellow students and professors. Reimbursement for some travel expenses is also offered to members with 15 membership points. This helps take the financial burden out of the equation for students deciding whether to go to conference or not.
If National Conference sounds like something you’re interested in, please reach out to Charleah Trombitas at firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration deadline is SEPTEMBER 8TH! Remember to reach out and chat about conference whether you’re set on it or not. I hope to see you there!