The Atlantic Recreation & Facilities Conference and Trade Show is coming up from May 18-20, 2022 in St. John’s, NL.
What are the top 5 reasons to attend the Atlantic Recreation & Facilities Conference?
- To network
Conferences bring together like-minded people from different geographical areas. These people are often industry peers that share a common profession or role in a certain field. Conference attendance is a great way to meet new people in your field of work, whom you may not encounter at your home workplace. Here you’ll be able to build your network of professional contacts or meet with those contacts in your field that you haven’t connected with in a while.
- To expand your knowledge and find solutions to problems
During the conference sessions, you will hear about current issues you’re dealing with in your field. You will also hear about things that are new to you. These could be new types of equipment, policies, techniques, or strategies that you may not have previously heard of or thought of. You will learn from some of the biggest names in your field and meet some of the newest faces in it. You’ll have the opportunity to ask presenters questions about their work and to talk one-on-one about ways to enhance your work.
- To present your ideas and work to others
One of the less obvious reasons for attending: to present your work. A good skill to practice is to talk about what you do in your field with people from a related area of study. It will boost your confidence in the work you do and will give you a new perspective as people may ask follow-up questions that make you think differently about your job. You’ll have the opportunity to be provided new insight as you get feedback on your work from people who have never seen it before.
- For people to meet you
It doesn’t matter if you’re a tenured boss or a fresh-faced intern, you may meet someone at the conference, trade show, or a social event that could drastically impact your professional career. Whether you’re just beginning to establish yourself in your field or if you’ve been there for decades, you could be looking for collaborators, project ideas, or even committee members and these events are important to get your name and your work out there.
- Learn beyond your field or interest
Conference attendees are usually united by a single broad topic but you can’t forget that the broad topic – recreation – has many sub-fields and many different projects. This is the two-fold benefit of attending conferences; you may learn things outside of, but still related to your field, and you’ll also have the opportunity for career advancement and professional development.
Click here for more information on how to register for the ARFC: ARFC.ca/registration