Why Should Students Attend AIHce EXP?
If you are a student in the industrial hygiene (IH) or occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) fields, you might not have considered attending a professional conference like AIHce EXP. Among all the other opportunities to build IH/OEHS skills, from attending online courses and webinars to listening to podcasts and reading literature, why should attending a conference be your priority?
While other learning experiences are certainly valuable, missing this conference means you will miss one of the best chances to prepare yourself for entering the IH/OEHS workforce. Events like AIHce EXP provide unique career-building opportunities that you can’t find anywhere else.
Here are four reasons why attending this virtual conference might be the best thing you can do this year for your future career.
Meet Your IH/OEHS Mentor
One of the perks of attending AIHce EXP is that you can meet and spend time with leaders in the IH/OEHS field. You will hear from and talk with people who have written your textbooks, are working on important NIOSH or CDC projects, or have played significant roles in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is your great chance to meet a potential mentor, the person who can offer you guidance on your professional development, or even your next job!
Completing a degree can be overwhelming, especially after years spent coping with a pandemic, and you might feel as if there is no light at the end of the tunnel. There is only so much inspiration that classroom experience can give you. Attending this event can help rekindle your passion for your profession through a change in scenery and contact with other IH/OEHS professionals who work and speak on interesting topics. You may also gain new insights on where to take your career next, how to achieve your goals, and how you can protect worker health and safety.
Experience Diverse Educational Opportunities
AIHce EXP is a gateway for accessing a world of new information, experiences, and points of view. If you don’t expose yourself to various viewpoints and experiences within IH/OEHS, you can miss new ideas and trends in the profession that can impact your future. Attending education sessions and professional development courses can lead you to discover new techniques or equipment, unpublished data, or professional leaders that you may not have previously heard of. This, in turn, gives you an edge on starting your career.
Network With Other Professionals
AIHce EXP 2022 will be an amazing opportunity to meet many people, but you don’t have to wait until May 23 to start networking. You can start by joining the discussion on Catalyst, AIHA’s online community for IH/OEHS professionals. Here, AIHA members might talk about what AIHce sessions they plan to attend, what they’re looking forward to about the conference, as well as submit any questions they might have for our closing keynote speaker, OSHA Assistant Secretary, Douglas L. Parker. If you do attend this year, you'll use Catalyst to connect with others who will be there. During the event, the conference’s virtual platform will allow you to chat with attendees and presenters. Networking can also take place over social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Make your social media posts more visible by tagging AIHA and using the hashtag #AIHceEXP.
AIHce EXP is a fantastic place to further your education and career development. It is an opportunity to gain new knowledge and tools, as well as valuable new contacts that can turn into long-term relationships. These benefits will help you grow personally and more importantly professionally. If still are still on the fence about attending AIHce EXP 2022, check out what your peers have to say.
Register today and take advantage of the advance registration discount and low rates for students and early career professionals. Learn more about all the opportunities AIHce EXP has to offer students