Why attend conferences?

Typically, I attend two conferences a year, one in Canada and the other in the United States. By doing so, I send a signal that I am involved in a profession rather than just doing a job. A profession can be defined as "a calling, vocation or employment requiring specialized knowledge and often intensive academic preparation."

Employers look for people who learn and grow

Employers are looking for people who are willing to continuously learn and grow, set their own learning goals and identify and access learning sources and opportunities. Attending a professionally relevant conference is an excellent way to demonstrate this.


  • Are excellent networking opportunities.
  • Can give you a competitive advantage.
  • Are an investment in your professional development.
  • Are an excellent way to get continuing education credits.
  • Can provide an opportunity to travel.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to staying current.
  • Can help you assess your personal strengths and identify areas for development.
  • Can help you add value to your organization by sharing what you’ve learned.

In the last five years, I’ve attended conferences in San Antonio, Nashville, Scottsdale, Las Vegas, Orlando, San Diego, Halifax, Vancouver, Canmore, Regina and Niagara Falls. It is an important part of my academic development and has helped me become a more competent professional.

About the author

Phillip Boswell is a vocational evaluator and rehabilitation consultant with a private practice located on Vancouver Island. He sits on the National Board of Directors of Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRAC) and is a past president of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS).

Boswell has presented at conferences in Canada and the United States. He is also a former member of the credentialing exam committees for the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals as well as the American Board of Vocational Experts.

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