Athens, OH 28 October 2013 – This past March, I went to the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) national conference in Indianapolis, IN. It took place from March 28th-31st. It was a great experience. I had the opportunity to meet several engineering students from different universities. As the vice president of the organization at the time, meeting other students gave me the opportunity to explore what other chapters were doing at their schools. I gained knowledge on new programs that would be great to incorporate for our own chapter at Ohio University.
The conference had so many professional development opportunities. Every day there was a long list of available professional development lectures/activities. My favorite was about working abroad. It weighed both the positives and negatives to relocating to another country during your career. They also had lectures on resume building, interviews, salary negotiations, career tips, etc. All of the lectures were hosted by prominent business men and women.
Another key part of the convention is the career fair which had more than 250 companies. The career fair had tons of fortune 500 companies. There were several companies that I was interested in (General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, DOW, Toyota, etc.) but hadn’t had the opportunity to ever speak with a representative prior to this fair. This was the first time our chapter had attended the national convention in a few years. We had about 22 members attend the conference.
It was such a great experience that our chapter will now be attending this year’s Regional Conference in Detroit, MI at the end of November and the 2014 National convention in Nashville, TN. Shown below is this year’s executive board for the Ohio University chapter of NSBE.