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Conferences can be a great resource. Panels are often filled with some of the best in the industry and can help you learn about aspects of your industry that you may not have much experience in yourself. They almost always have mixers designed to help you meet other movers and shakers in your industry and help you expand your contacts. You can also often book one on one meetings with experts who can help you advance your career. Unfortunately, however, conferences are also often obscenely expensive. On top of the cost of passes, which often cost over $1,000 at the bigger conferences, there is also the cost of food, lodging, transportation, and supplies.
Luckily there are ways to help mitigate these costs. Even as a broke college student I was able to attend conferences by following these tips….