Make the Most of Your FIRST Championship Experience: Career-Focused Conferences

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Are you planning to attend the 2023 FIRST® Championship presented by BAE Systems?

It’s one of a kind experience that many of us in the FIRST community look forward to attending each year. And it's not just about the competition - as exciting as it is. The FIRST Championship has so much more to offer.

Besides providing an excellent platform for the thrill of competition and STEM enthusiasts, the 2023 FIRST Championship in Houston will also hold career-focused conference sessions to guide you in building and growing your STEM Career.

If you have been following my recent FIRST alumni career series, you have learned:


I want to guide you on how you can make the most of your FIRST Championship experience by attending these career-focused conferences to build and grow your career.

I promise you, you will not want to miss attending these conferences and learning from these industry experts!

    Wednesday, April 19 - 2:00 pm CT
    Room 350DE
    Discover the key elements of developing a captivating and robust LinkedIn profile. Executive Recruiter and Job Search Strategist Ilene Rein will be offering valuable tips to help you create your unique professional brand that will stand out amongst the competition!

    Thursday, April 20 - 9:00 am CT
    Room 350DE
    Q&A panel discussion will feature top employers from FIRST strategic partners: BAE Systems, John Deere, Qualcomm Incorporated, and Rockwell Automation. This is your chance to ask questions directly to hiring managers and recruiters and receive valuable career guidance from some of the most sought-after professionals in STEM!

    Thursday, April 20 - 1:00 pm CT
    Room 350DE
    Many of us find it challenging to go out and meet new people, but that shouldn't hold your career back. I invite all of you who are feeling shy or intimidated to join me for a special conference focusing on ‘Networking for Introverts’. This event will provide valuable insight into how to take the first steps in initiating conversations, forming meaningful connections, and leaving positive impressions with everyone around you - no more dreading networking events! I'll make sure this session is both fun and productive so come along ready to learn some useful tips while having a great time.

    Friday, April 21- 9:00 am CT
    Room 350DE
    Early birds, grab your morning coffee and join me as I moderate the panel that will provide an overview of all the incredible career options enlistment can offer. We’ll be joined by representatives from Americorps, Tallo, and others. If you're still deciding on your career pathways or have years of work experience behind you - this session is perfect for learning more about the possibilities with military, civilian, and volunteer service opportunities.

  5. COLLEGE 101
    Friday, April 21 - 9:00 am CT
    Room 350DE
    If you're interested in enhancing your education or taking a plunge into college degree programs, join us as we guide you through the process of uncovering the best school and program that meets all your needs. This is not just limited to high school students; anyone considering returning to school should join us!

    Friday, April 20 - 1:00 pm CT
    Room 350DE
    Ilene Rein, Executive Recruiter & Job Search Strategist will speak about how to develop a Resume emphasizing your FIRST experience. During this session, you will learn how to create an impressive resume that grabs the attention of recruiters and employers.

Attending FIRST Championship is an experience you'll never forget. Feel the thrill of robot-building and competition rising around you - the atmosphere will be charged with anticipation. 

And it's also an opportunity to learn and improve your career growth while mingling with friends, colleagues, industry professionals, and potential employers.

To learn more about leveraging your FIRST experience and propelling yourself toward success, check out these FIRST alumni career blogs and videos!

How to Turn our FIRST Experience into your STEM Dream Job

Do this NOW to Increase Your Visibility to Employers

Discussing Your FIRST Experience During A Job Interview


Looking forward to seeing you in Houston!


Written by Ilene Rein

Job Search Strategist & Executive Recruiter

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