SEE WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO
On October 22nd-24th, five JMU SWE members headed out for the Women in Engineering Conference (WE'15) in Nashville, Tennessee! After traveling 9 hours to Nashville, we arrived at the Music City Conference Center with over 8,000 female engineers. On Thursday night, we attended a large career fair with over 300 companies looking for potential employees. We had prepared for this career fair by packing professional outfits, researching companies, and printing out multiple copies of resumes. Not only could we land an internship or full-time position, we also received many nifty gizmos and gadgets. After the career fair, we attended networking sessions that were hosted by various companies, which allowed us to network, enjoy free appetizers, and possibly win prizes!
On Friday, we attended many speaker sessions that allowed us to learn about transitioning from college to career, the process of being a NASA engineer, balancing life of motherhood and career, etc. As speaker sessions were rolling, the infamous career fair was in play all throughout the day, which allowed us to visit companies we were not able to visit from Thursday night. One member was even offered an interview with the Ford Company! By the end of the day, we all experienced Downtown Nashville by eating dinner at a restaurant called Acme Feed & Seed.
On Saturday, we attended more speaker sessions that we weren't able to attend. After lunch, we headed back to Harrisonburg, VA to endure our long trip back home and to work on homework before classes started back up on Monday. This trip allowed us to grow in our professional and collegiate careers as we practiced networking skills and learned from professional development sessions. Not only did we benefit in those ways, but we also received the Outstanding New Collegiate Section Award for 2015, which we are so honored! Attending WE'15 was a great experience for JMU SWE and we are excited to attend more National SWE Conferences in the future!