Back in 2011 I was afforded the opportunity to attend PASS in Seattle, Washington. It was the first time I had made such a journey to this conference; I really didn’t know what to expect. I’ve heard the stories, the many positive things regarding the sessions, learning, and networking – but to be quite honest the stories do not give PASS justice until you experience it first hand. I get asked this question all the time by various people throughout the country – Should I attend? Because of the interest I want to take a moment and lay out how it has benefited me in the span of 2 years.
When asked to go to PASS I figured it would be like any other business conference I had been to (boy was I wrong). Leading up to my departure I had a lot of work to get done and wasn’t really in a place I felt like I should go. I started to review the sessions online and I quickly saw how vast the information really is. Looking at the sessions I began to look at the speakers, some I knew and some I did not but what was obvious to me is that a lot of the leading leaders in my industry (DBA) were going to be there; hearing them speak on topics of interest to me I thought to be an extreme plus…..moving on
My expectations were that of learning some new techniques from the Jason Strate’s (B|T), Brent Ozar’s (B|T), Chris Shaw’s (B|T), etc. but what I walked away with were new connections with a SQL family that was over 2k strong and memories that I will take with me for the rest of my life. PASS has so much to offer to each individual, from the sessions, to the vendors interacting, the kick-off speakers, and much more.
From my own personal experience attending is something that kick started my career into overdrive. From it I became more active in the community, started to speak locally, created the SQL Corner, and made many new friends along the journey. No, PASS is just not another business conference where you go and sit in on meetings; of course you do that but it is much more. Being part of the SQL community means you are part of a family and all the family comes together to gain more knowledge within the perspective fields.
Why should you go; glad you asked. I think PASS sums it up better than I ever could here. This year in 2013 PASS is going to be in Charlotte, N.C.; if you haven’t reserved your spot yet I hope you do so. It is one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended from both a business and personal standpoint. Do you want to kick start your career? Are you eager to learn more and connect with other people that are trying to do the same? If you are then PASS Summit is for you. If you have questions you can contact them here or drop me a line and I will do my best to get you an answer.