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The Internet has changed the way we work, learn and connect, offering a variety of ways to find information, meet new people, collaborate and express ourselves. More and more schools and jobs offer telecommuting options, and social interaction has been forever changed by online social networking. However, there will always be value in connecting face-to-face – perhaps now more than ever before. Here are 4 potentially major ways attending professional conferences could benefit your career.

1. Meet Like-Minded Friends and Colleagues

While digital technology makes meeting lots of people easier than ever, many of these connections never go beyond the virtual world. There’s tremendous value in the face-to-face professional meeting; you can share a handshake, a smile, and valuable information with fellow travelers. Besides the obvious networking potential, there is a lot of information conveyed during in-person meetings – both verbal and non-verbal – and the professional conference helps to facilitate these human exchanges.

2. Renew Your Excitement about Your Field

Whether you are already working in your field or aspiring to, professional conferences can help with reconnecting or connecting more fully with your chosen industry and profession. Time spent in a classroom, behind a desk or in front of a computer can eventually make you feel disconnected from the field as a whole. Renew and refresh your passion for your work by being around industry leaders and peers.

3. Take the Pulse of Industry Trends

Professional conferences tend to draw in top speakers and feature the most compelling and eye-opening topics in the field. You can expect to learn much about current industry trends and the latest technical and thought-innovations. Learning the latest industry trends will invariably enhance your current knowledge base and keep you up to speed on what’s new and relevant.

4. Return to the Workplace with Valuable Learnings

Having more wisdom and tools to draw from can make you more valuable in the workplace. Hearing about industry trends and applying what you’ve learned to your own work can make you even more valuable in the workplace, ideally leading to higher job satisfaction and increased job security.


Learning new ideas and perspectives is enriching and stimulating, and a professional conference is an excellent opportunity to broaden your horizons! Later this month, South University’s own Kim Kuebler (faculty member at South University, Online Programs) will be presenting at The Health Policy and Clinical Practice Conference for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions. Nurses, healthcare professionals and students, why not take the opportunity to get out there and get inspired?