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94 I-CONNECT007 I REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2022 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE By Paige Fiet TTM TECHNOLOGIES IPC APEX EXPO 2022 was my first in-per- son APEX EXPO event, and it surely did not disappoint. e show this year was packed with high quality technical courses, engag- ing professional development courses and, of course, an admirable show floor exhibition. is year APEX EXPO really resonated with me, and I would like to leave you with three insights I learned while attending. 1. Inspiration comes from meeting other young professionals. Nothing is more encouraging to me than meeting with peers who have the same excite- ment for the industry as I do. IPC has done a wonderful job retaining talent with the help of its Emerging Engineer Program. Engineers in their first five years in the industry are paired with experienced mentors for three years as they navigate networking, APEX EXPO, career building, and much more. is was my second year in the program with my mentor, Mike Carano of RBP Chemical Technology. While at APEX EXPO, mentees and men- tors are asked to complete a passport that allows the mentees to fully indulge in all the conference has to offer. Some of the courses and events on the passport include activi- ties I might not attend on my own. My favor- ite events from this year's passport included breakfast with the other Emerging Engineers, participating in the STEM outreach event for local high school students, and of course, the trivia networking night. Each of these events IPC Student Director: Three Things IPC APEX EXPO Taught Me

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