Without a doubt, Beyond the Gates was one of the best experiences of my college career. I attended both my junior and senior year* and each time, I learned something new that paved the road to my current job. I had different goals both years I attended BTG. My junior year's goal was to figure out what I wanted to do for a living and my senior year's goal was to figure out how I could make it happen and with whom I needed to connect.
My first year attending, I networked with alumni in many different industries but it wasn't until the breakout panels that I was really able to make a decision about what I wanted to do for a living. The panels were intimate gatherings of individuals in the same industry. They offered insights, suggestions, and answered questions. This was my favorite part of BTG my junior year because I finally found something that was very fascinating to me-- marketing!
By senior year, I really tried to take full advantage of the networking opportunities. One thing that is so great about this event is that your expressed interests are not overlooked. I was matched with different people who were in some way or another connected to marketing. The best part is --everyone that attends the event is eager to offer advice, share their experiences and continue to help you even when the weekends comes to a close! In fact, through a connection I made at BTG, I was able to land a job with a marketing company that I love!
Beyond the Gates offers so many great tools that set you up for success. I am so grateful to have been able attend not one, but TWO years. No one really wants to leave the domain, but as we all know, it is out of our control. However, what is in our control is how prepared we are when it is finally time to pack up and head off into the 'real world.' I'd have to say Beyond the Gatesdefinitely prepared me for just that--life beyond the gates.
*I was an economics major and we took our comprehensive exam in January (2 days after BTG ends). I clearly found it to be worthwhile because despite the added stress of having to study for comps all night after the all day event and then having to wake up early, I still wanted to attend. It was 100% worth all the stress.