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26 PCB007 MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2022 As we prepare for IPC APEX EXPO 2023, I want to reflect on the unique opportunities of this event. Every year, it creates a space for industry leaders from around the world to solve real-world problems together. Net- working in this innovative setting can launch many individuals toward the next steps in their careers. For me as a college student, network- ing has completely changed the trajectory of my career. A 2016 LinkedIn survey of approximately 3,000 job seekers revealed that as many as 85% landed their most recent job via network- ing, making it a crucial component of any job search 1 . For those thinking about growing their career, here are three things that networking has done for me. 1 Networking opened doors to career opportunities. Before attending the show last year, I had assumed that electrical engineering would lead me to a job developing programs or analyz- ing circuits for companies. I had no idea what printed circuit board (PCB) design was or what the process for manufacturing PCBs entailed. But by networking with exhibitors and men- tors at the show, I found myself immersed in everything the industry has to offer, from PCB design to how to apply layers of solder mask onto a PCB. I learned that this industry is vast and con- tinues to grow. rough mentorship, I also dis- covered that there are no limits to the paths you can take. Networking with exhibitors How Networking Opens Doors The New Chapter Feature Column by Hannah Nelson, VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY/IPC STUDENT DIRECTOR

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