How to Get the Most Out of a Conference
See networking from a different perspective: You’re not just networking because you should; you’re doing it because it’s good for your career.
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But skipping them isn't the best solution: you’re missing out on the benefits of networking.
Think about the people you would like to get to know and then carve out time to accomplish that goal:
When choosing which sessions to attend, consider this:
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