My Employer Doesn't Support Networking Events

Dear Experts, Should I hesitate with participating in my industry's networking events and conferences because the company I work for does not support them? Also if I do go, do I still mention my company's name or do I just go representing myself? I really want to expand my reach in the industry. I want to know industry-wide things rather than being boxed up with only what my company's view of the industry is. Here is how our CAREEREALISM-Approved Experts answered this question on Twitter: Q#444 You should continue to go openly and honestly. Your company's lack of support won't be held against you. (@gradversity) Q#444 Yes, attend. It is good exposure for you and will enhance your learning as well as help to grow your network (@DebraWheatman) Q#444 Invest in your own personal development always. OK to mention company name, but it not focal point. Your network bldg is. (@DawnBugni) Q#444 Always go to your industry's best conferences/events, even if you have to pay for it. The prof dev is priceless. (@EmilyBennington) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

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