We are looking forward to a weekend full of inspiration, innovation, knowledge, and networking. To ensure you get the most out of this opportunity, we approached Krishiv Lahrani, a regular attendee of NACUE’s conferences, for his advice on the ‘best ways to make the most of your time at #SEC2020!’.
1. Time management
Good time management can change your entire experience at the conference. The fact that you have made it to the conference on-time will start your experience on good note right from the beginning. You can plan your day more effectively, while others are impatiently running around to find themselves a place for the conference. Punctuality will only help your experience exceed your expectations.
Chances are you might catch yourself in a dilemma when choosing workshops, especially if you have an interest for multiple sessions within the same time slot. My advice to you is to do some research on the session’s topic and the keynote speakers; you can research them online or view their LinkedIn profile. Simultaneously research the topics that appeal to you, to ensure they match your expectations.
This weekend is full of opportunities to interact with students from universities across the UK, it is about building connections. Remember to update your LinkedIn profile or create one if you have not yet. It will help you stay in touch with people and build professional connections. Be the first one to say ‘Hi’ and introduce yourself with a smile. Ask questions about them, a good way to start a conversation at the conference is by asking them about their studies and career goals.
It is a good idea to make notes of any useful tips or valuable information shared by speakers. I recommend you bring your laptop or tablet, also a pen and notepad to write down notes. Avoid using your phone to take any notes since notifications are distracting and it can come across as rude. In a nutshell, attend the conference with a positive and learning mindset and pay attention!
5. Financial arrangements
Planning your stay and logistics well in advance will reduce stress on your wallet. Some universities also offer scholarships for the weekend and have a deadline for applications. In case your university has not announced any scholarships, it is best you approach your course leader for further information. Chances are if you are really interested, you might get full sponsorship for your travel and accommodation expenses.
#SEC2020 is shaping up to be our most exciting conference yet! If you haven’t got your tickets yet, fear not we still have some availability, just click here to secure your place. We can’t wait to see you in February!
The NACUE team