How to Get Academic Conference Work for a Student? (Part I)
The purpose of an academic conference is for knowledge sharing and networking. The event can be exciting for a new student to meet acquaintances and friends doing different studies but in the same field of interest; confusing for a young scholar being told to network strategically for job opportunities; nerve-breaking for an emerging academic to present her work under the scrutiny of prestigious and experienced colleagues.
Reflecting on the conferences I attended, unknowingly, I have learnt to let the conference work for me. I attend conferences with one aim at a time. In part I, I illustrate how I started my conference experience with a simple aim to get acquainted with conferences or knowing the protocol. In part II, I share how my earlier conference experiences began to reward me while adding new advantages.
Part I: Pre-conference experience
Role: Peer reviewer and presenter