I was recently asked if I would prefer a live conference or training event over a Webcast / Webinar. I work in engineering recruitment and every day is full to bursting with talking to engineers, reading engineers CVs and speaking to Engineering clients and their HR departments. I love my work and I admit it would be great to get out of the office for a day or two to a live event, and the opportunity for networking and the wider experience might be stimulating, and certainly refreshing to escape the desk and bulging email inbox for a couple of days.
However, I live in the real world, I live and work in a small town near the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors in the UK, that you might never of heard of, let alone ever travel to. You might live in a city thousands of miles away, say in America, without the power of the live webcast how will I ever get to benefit from the conference you might offer? Travelling 200 miles to a conference in the UK will often be out of the question for me, due to time and cost contraints which impact on a small business, and there is certainly no way that I would ever be able to benefit from a conference on the other side of the Atlantic without webcast.
I’m going to watch a webcast this afternoon which will take just one hour out of my day, I’ll remain sitting at my desk, and can still take any really important calls, perhaps about a fantastic new job that has just come in for a Maintenance Strategy Engineer in Aberdeen or a Senior Electrical Engineer in Cumbria. I can invite others who work with me to join me at my desk and benefit from this training. Incidentally this webcast is from America so I don’t think I would be popping over the pond to do this one in person!
Webcast / Webinars transcends the boundaries of cost, geography, time zone and number of attendees. In an ideal world I would spend time and money travelling around the world (in luxury), attending conferences and training events with live speakers, learning how to hone my skills as a recruiter and business developer. However in my very real world I embrace this new technology that brings a rich and diverse offering of information right to my desk for little or no cost.
Just as we are communicating now without boundaries, and others from around the world might be reading this, I welcome the ability to connect without borders.
Any engineers who would like to use that other marvel of modern technology, the telephone are welcome to contact me, and once you’ve finished reading this you might want to use the power of that other wonder – the web to peruse our ever changing list of current vacancies for experienced and qualified engineers.