An important facet of graduate school is preparation for entering the workplace. While you are immersed in academic courses and research, we encourage you to also take advantage of professional development workshops and seminars and other helpful resources to build complementary and valuable skills for your future career.
My attendance at this conference provided me an opportunity to meet and network with other members of my field. During the poster session, several people approached me to learn more about the novel techniques I am using. One particular discussion may lead to a future collaboration. I also attended several talks which enabled me to generate many new ideas for my research that I will discuss with my advisors.
--Engineering Ph.D. student