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Then Number 1 Reason Every Public Health Person Should Attend the CPHA Conference

Posted By Jonathan Noel, Wednesday, October 30, 2013

If you haven't heard, CPHA just held its annual conference, at a place with an indoor water park no less (and those slides looked tempting at the end of the day).  Anecdotally, it was a very successful conference.  Everyone I've talked to raved about the speakers, liked the venue, and enjoyed the time allotted to network with colleagues, which brings me to the reason for this post.

THE NUMBER ONE REASON EVERY PUBLIC HEALTH STUDENT SHOULD ATTEND THE CONFERENCE IS...NETWORKING. 

Now, instead of boring you with the same list of reasons that we have heard some many times on why networking is good, I'm going to share a brief story I learned from the conference.

An SCSU student began talking with one of the other conference attendees, who happened to be a director from one of Connecticut's public health non-profits.  The student had the same set of interests as the non-profit so the conversation was not unusual from a subject-matter standpoint.  But what was unusual was that the director was currently looking to fill a new position.  The director was so impressed with the student that an interview was set up for 5 days later.

5 days.  That's it.

If you told me coming out of college that all I had to do was talk to a few people at a conference and I could get an interview within the next week, no application or resume to put together, I would have wondered where to sign.

So students, come to our conference to potentially meet your next boss.  Bosses, come to our conference to potentially meet your next employee.  And for once in your life, talk to strangers.  It's allowed.

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