For Early Career Professionals
From one early-career professional to another: "Don't miss this."
Still relatively new to the IH/OEHS profession?
I attended my first AIHce EXP in 2011, in Portland, Oregon. At the time, I was finishing up my first year of graduate school and was pondering a career change to a specific industry. I knew that the conference would be the ideal location for me to learn more about the ins and outs of this industry and hopefully meet some contacts that could provide insight into how to make the transition. At the conference, I attended sessions where industrial hygienists from this industry presented the challenges they faced. Through these sessions, I was able to make connections with many people working within the industry. Two of these connections ultimately led to me getting my first job opportunity in that industry and put me on the professional path to where I am today. It truly was a transformational experience and a great introduction to the potential power of showing up to AIHce EXP with defined objectives and a curious mind.
~Felix Boachie, MS, CIH, CSP; Global Industrial Hygiene Director, McCormick & Company
Even if this isn't your first time at AIHce EXP, there's still a lot to take in as an early career professional. You're just hitting your stride in your career (or figuring out new directions to take as the industry evolves), so a conference like this can feel a tad overwhelming. Fortunately, we've broken out some key events and suggestions for you to get the most out of your experience in Phoenix.
What opportunities are available for me during the conference?
AIHce EXP offers you opportunities to learn, network, explore career opportunities, and have fun, all in one stop! To highlight the major features available for early career professionals, we've created a Journey Map to help you pick and choose the aspects most important to you.
In-Person Mentoring/First-Time Attendee Programs
First Timers' Webinar and Meet and Greet
First time attending AIHce EXP? You'll want to participate in the First-Timers' Webinar (Wed., May 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET) and on-site Meet-and-Greet (Mon., May 22 at 6:30 a.m. PT).
These first-timer activities are sponsored by
Career Development Opportunities
Career Advantage Fair
This year’s Career Advantage Fair features sessions designed to provide employers and OEHS professionals opportunities to mingle and make important contacts in their career field.
Additional Leadership and Educational Opportunities
These short sessions are tailored to enhance your knowledge across various subjects, including health and fitness, outreach, government relations topics, and specific AIHA offerings.
Learn about the newest products, services, and programs available from exhibitors in the IH/OEHS field to help you accomplish your goals and meet your work challenges. Network with your peers during several activities happening in the Hall, including LEGO building challenges, a PPE fashion show, an opening night welcome reception, special learning pavilions, and more!
AIHF Fun Run
The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) presents the Annual Fun Run/Walk. Have fun, get some exercise, and support the Foundation. Not an early riser? You can still contribute!