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How to Prepare for ESEC 2023

The ESEC team has compiled resources to help you get the most of out of the conference!

We promise that putting in that little bit of leg work before ESEC will make your day so much more worthwhile.

Below you're find info on how to prepare for the conference, business casual dresscode, and career exploration.

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Before the conference you should read up on the speakers and their session abstracts!

Check out the Speakers page, where you can learn about each speaker and visit their biography and relevant websites.

Submit a question to the speakers before the conference!  Do you have any burning questions on your mind about a certain speaker? Would you be interested in certain topics being addressed or explained during their talk? Now is your chance!

Feel free to post any questions or comments to the speakers before ESEC begins by visiting the Slido link. Note that all questions will be moderated.

Register for the ILead ESEC Prep Workshop

Thu., Jan. 19th | 10:10 am - 11:00 am | MY360

Never been to a professional conference before?  Shy about interacting with more senior professionals?

This workshop is presented by ILead exclusively for Years 1 and 2 EngSci students.  It will help you make the most out of your Engineering Science Education Conference (ESEC) experience.

You will learn strategies for networking in a professional setting (with speakers, faculty, and fellow classmates) and knowledge on how and what to prepare for the conference. These skills are more important now than ever in our current circumstances.

Students will learn:

  • Networking skills, approaches, & mindsets
  • How to prepare for a networking situation
  • The art of asking good professional questions

Register for the Prep Workshop here.

Download the ESEC Reflection Worksheet

Use what you'll learn at ESEC to explore your own career goals

Our speakers will share powerful insights into different engineering-related industries and great career advice for engineering students.

Use this handy reflection tool designed by Troost ILead especially for students attending ESEC to reflect on your own priorities and aspirations based on what you're learning at ESEC.  Bring the sheet to the reflection workshop at the end of the conference day.

You may also want to check out Troost ILead's upcoming career events.

Register for the ESEC Fireside Chats

Thurs., Jan. 26 | 6:10 pm - 7:30 pm | EngSci Common Room

Come meet our ESEC speakers in small groups for informal chats.

Join us for unstructured and open conversations about any career- or life-related questions you may have.
EngSci alumni volunteers will facilitate the conversations.

Open to all EngSci students from Year 1 to Year 4!

Register for the Fireside Chats here.

Interested in learning about different EngSci options and what courses each option takes in the major years?

Check out the EngSci 2T6 Blog with a detailed and accurate student perspective of each option (with a few additional "memes" added for good measure).

Need more official information about each option? Visit the official Engineering Science Majors page for a complete list of courses offered by each major, and detailed course descriptions.

Networking is a vital skill that will help you to connect with colleagues and professionals across a variety of platforms, and ESEC is the perfect opportunity for you to practice those skills!

The following article from You're Next Career Network (YNCN) on How to Network can help with pinpointing your professional goals. As well, it serves as a guide on how to find "warm" and "cold" leads, one of whom could potentially be a speaker at ESEC!

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If you're not very fond of networking or believe that it's not that useful, check out the following article on 4 Things Networking Can Help You Do (Besides Get a Job) on the benefits of building a professional or social network.

You want to maintain a business professional or business casual appearance at the conference as you will be interacting with speakers during their talks and at the reception.

Check out this video on how to dress "business casual"!

Dress for Success

The end goal is that you feel confident in your outfit! Here are some general recommendations to follow, whether you choose to dress in business professional or business casual:

  • Nice pants or slacks or dresses
  • No jeans, shorts, sundresses or athletic wear
  • Skirts and dresses should be knee length while standing
  • Jackets should be either blazers or cardigans
  • Cell phones should be kept out of sight with personal belongings
  • Hair should be well groomed and styled

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Last updated on Nov 11 2022 by ESEC's Web Team