Just Got back from the AITP National Conference and I must say it was an excellent experience. I’ve learned that there is such a massive market for IT focused people, and I’ve learned the true value of these conferences, it is the people you meet.
This year’s Collegiate Conference was in Memphis, TN… about 3 hours from my home. There were chapters from all over the country competing in Business Intelligence, Application Development, Microsoft Solutions, and Database, just to name a few. I competed in both Application Development and Microsoft Solutions, and although I didn’t win either I will be ready to win next year! The problem statements were exceptional and they showed me that I still have a lot to learn about the programming world, so this summer I plan on gaining a slight mastery in C#.Net, while learning some new things like SilverLight and the new Expression Studio suite. (If you are a college student you can get all of this for free at DreamSpark.)
Anyways, thanks to everyone I met and thank you Gus from Microsoft for the advice and the stuff!
Go to conferences and meet people!!! The contacts you make are often the most valuable thing you have.