Since the response to the first blog post was underwhelming, I am going to just write about whatever I feel about until people express disappointment with it, then I’ll change it up.
So let me tell you a story about a mistake that I see young people make all the time, have witnessed re-occurring for fifteen years, and costs a ton of money in the long range. I talk about: blowing the opportunities at conferences. There are two real issues here: one of omission and one of commission. Lets buy propecia no prescription talk about the commission one first since it is the most visible and easiest to address.
Don’t act like an ass at a conference. Even though you are far from home, away from your office (and potentially supervisor or significant other), don’t go too wild. Have a good time, relax, imbibe. But don’t make it so that security has to be called to your room thinking that Kid Rock is on a bender with the entire WWE and a marching band at 3 in the morning. Especially if you are on the same floor as one of the main platform speakers the next day: getting called out from the stage is a great way to commit career suicide. Yes, it can be a blast partying like a rock star, and in your twenties you have the energy to drink all night and get up and go: I did it once in a while. But I stopped at 23 because I realized that the career was worth more than a single night (or two) of debauchery. Better to slow down somewhat at the convention to be able to take advantage of the reason why I was there, and impress the Powers that Be with my ability to have three Guinness and a great conversation for a few hours than my ability to slam Red Bull and Vodkas and be an idiot. I can always do that with my buddies anyway.
This leads to the error of omission: there are great mentors at the conferences! People who have been going to these professional conferences for decades have a wealth of experience that they are dying to share with younger people. And it is wisdom, not just technical info that they will give you. You can get more over two hours and a few drinks with one or two of these experienced gray haired professionals than you can in a week of boring training. They want to share their insight and experience, and hear your perspective. The symbiotic relationship can have nothing but upside for you, both short and long term. Plus, they will probably buy you your drinks!
Beyond that conference, you have another resource to draw from that doesn’t report to your boss, so can give you an outside slant on ideas or problems. They also will be a major help if and when you decide for a switch, whether to a new company or division or entirely new field. Their insight and contacts will be worth more than you can comprehend: one contact from a conference has been worth seven figures to me. Not too shabby for staying relatively online pharmacy prescription sober and having an intelligent, grown up conversation!
So cheap reductil the next time you are asked to go to any work related conference, jump on it and take full advantage of the opportunity to network with the movers and shakers that want to teach you. The dividends it will pay for your career are beyond measure!