With all of the conferences out there, you might have a tough time determining which are worthwhile and which you can skip. And while the decision may ultimately come down to time, money or location, there’s one event you can’t miss this year: NACE.
In just a few short weeks, the National Association of Colleges and Employers will be holding their annual Conference and Expo at the Paris Las Vegas. This event is a must for employers who may be on the hunt for entry level college grads or college students seeking internships. Still not convinced? Here’s a breakdown of my top five reasons to sign up for NACE today:
1. Network with other employers. Already there are over 500 employers registered, with plenty of time left for more. Attending NACE is a great way to see what other people in the industry are doing but also check out your competition at the same time.
2. Network with career center staff. NACE also provides a great opportunity to meet career center directors, counselors or executives that you may not be able to meet when you’re actually on campus. You can learn about the types of students they have at their schools, the types of jobs their students are looking for and get your company’s brand on their radar.
3. Learn about trends in the market. You need to understand all the things that are hot in college recruiting, the new tactics that employers are trying and techniques companies are using to beat out their competitors. The tracks at NACE will give you new insight for the upcoming year that you can put into practice right away.
4. Understand what matters to students. At NACE, you’ll be exposed to a lot of research that focuses on what’s important to students and what they’re looking for in a job, which will hopefully help you understand how to differentiate yourself. Other trends you can focus on include how college students and grads are searching for jobs/internships and how you can use new tools like social media to reach them.
5. Keynote by Sir Ken Robinson. Sir Ken Robinson created one of the top TED Talks on schools and creativity, and during NACE, he’ll be talking about creating a culture of innovation. This goes hand-in-hand with college recruiting programs, and hopefully his keynote will inspire employers and career centers to do just that.
6. Bonus: CareerRookie is hosting several important networking events. We’ve booked some of the top places to eat, so if you’re coming as an employer, let us know so you can come join us and meet some clients, as well as other heavyweights in the college recruiting market. Hope to see you there!
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