Still relatively new to the IH/OEHS profession?
Even if this isn't your first time at AIHA Connect (formerly AIHce EXP), there's still a lot to take in as an early career professional. You're just hitting your stride in your career (or figuring out new directions to take as the industry evolves), so a conference like this can feel a tad overwhelming. Fortunately, we've broken out some key events and suggestions for you to get the most out of your experience in Columbus.
What opportunities are available for me during the conference?
AIHA Connect offers you opportunities to learn, network, explore career opportunities, and have fun, all in one stop! To highlight the major features available for early career professionals, we've created a Journey Map to help you pick and choose the aspects most important to you.
In-Person Mentoring/First-Time Attendee Programs
First-Timers' Webinar and Meet and Greet
First time attending AIHA Connect? You'll want to participate in the First-Timers' Webinar (Wed., May 8 at 2:00 p.m. ET) and on-site Meet-and-Greet (Mon., May 20 at 6:30 a.m. ET). The First-Timer events are sponsored by
Career Development Opportunities
This year’s Career Advantage Fair features sessions designed to provide employers and OEHS professionals opportunities to mingle and make important contacts in their career field.
Additional Leadership and Educational Opportunities
These short sessions are tailored to enhance your knowledge across various subjects, including health and fitness, outreach, government relations topics, and specific AIHA offerings.
Learn about the newest products, services, and programs available from exhibitors in the IH/OEHS field to help you accomplish your goals and meet your work challenges. Network with your peers during several activities happening in the Hall, including a PPE fashion show, an opening night welcome reception, special learning pavilions, the Nexus Lounge, and more!
The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) presents the Annual Fun Run/Walk. Have fun, get some exercise, and support the Foundation. Not an early riser? You can still contribute!
I attended my first conference in 2011, in Portland, Oregon. At the time, I was finishing up my first year of graduate school and was pondering a career change to a specific industry. I knew that the conference would be the ideal location for me to learn more about the ins and outs of this industry and hopefully meet some contacts that could provide insight into how to make the transition. At the conference, I attended sessions where industrial hygienists from this industry presented the challenges they faced. Through these sessions, I was able to make connections with many people working within the industry. Two of these connections ultimately led to me getting my first job opportunity in that industry and put me on the professional path to where I am today. It truly was a transformational experience and a great introduction to the potential power of showing up to AIHA Connect with defined objectives and a curious mind."
Felix Boachie, MS, CIH, CSPGlobal Industrial Hygiene Director • McCormick & Company