We are beginning the process of setting up Aviation Week's 2014 Workforce Study, and part of that process is working closely with our partners at AIA, NDIA and AIAA. During today's opening panel at AIAA a young engineer pointed to the role that conferences play in their careers. She indicated that what she thought the industry was when her career began and what she learned over five years were two vastly different perspectives that opened her eyes to completely new opportunities. Much of this learning occurred at conferences.
She posed a rhetorical question -- why would anyone say no to an employee who comes forward and requests support for attending a conference? She noted that few people will ask, and are not those who ask the very people we most want to be in the industry -- people who want to learn and grow?
Good points all!