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Associate-centered Content is for you if:

You have likely landed that coveted entry-level position – although maybe you’re into your second job – and are ready to make a mark. Considered early career, an Associate is new to the field and is looking to learn more about what’s happening in their industry, network with everyone they can, and craft a potential career path to guide them forward through the years.

Conference Networking

We know how important being able to connect with others in your field is. In selecting the virtual conference platform, INFORMS specifically looked for a highly rated solution that would allow you to network with other professionals facing similar issues and sharing similar interests as you. When you first log in, you’ll be asked five questions to help target your networking matches based on your interests, problems you face, and what you’d like to accomplish during the conference.

Conference Events that Might be of Interest

Early Career Professionals’ Network (ECPN)

The Early Career Professionals’ Network is a group designed to help recent graduates, soon to be graduates, or anyone newly entering the field of analytics/O.R. to build their professional networks and learn the practicalities of working in the field from experienced practitioners. The ECPN Workshop takes place the morning of Sunday, April 3 and was created to reflect the fact that analytics work in the real world is challenging in ways that aren’t always taught in analytics and O.R. degree programs.

2022 Career Fair

Taking place all day on Sunday, April 3, the Career Fair is a great place to meet and chat with recruiters hiring for a number of positions and industries. Signing up for the career fair is free and allows you to view all of the numerous posted job opportunities. The virtual fall career fair boasted nearly thirty employers and the previous in-person spring career fair in 2019 hosted recruiters from twenty-eight industry employers. Even if you’re not looking to change positions, recruiters are also available during networking sessions.

Keep up-to-date on what’s available especially for your interests!


Also Consider:

Obtaining an aCAP Certification

Looking for a way to set yourself apart from other early career professionals? The Associate Certified Analytics Professional (aCAP) Certification marks you as holding the analytics knowledge and education to tackle any problem.

Enrolling in Mentor Match

Available to INFORMS Members, Mentor Match is an online tool that does pretty much what the name says: matching knowledgable mentors to enthusiastic mentees to help forge meaningful connections and foster analytics leaders forward in their careers.

Subscribe to Analytics Magazine

Analytics is a free bi-monthly, digital magazine published by INFORMS that provides readers with news and information that showcases the power of analytics on organizational decision making and outcomes.