February 28, 2011 6:11 PM Subscribe
Are some professional conferences scams / wastes of money?
posted by bad grammar to Work & Money (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
What is a reasonable proportion of your income to pay to attend a professional conference, especially if you are a recent graduate and newly on the job market?
Should you attend if the function does not include job interviews or work that you will definitely publish?
I'm speaking of regular conferences to which university academics and professionals (lawyers, doctors, librarians, engineers, IT developers) might be invited, not Davos.
I also would rather not speak of cult-like conferences and seminars, whether Amway or a religion popular in Hollywood that shall not be named.
I'd also appreciate any discussion of the insecurity that new graduates feel that might make them feel they have to attend these, and whether the expense screens out lower-income professionals from jump-starting their careers.