Student Career Days

November 4th and 5th

What is Student Career Days?

Student Career Days (SCD) is the largest FREE career development event available to students pursuing a formal education in arboriculture or related studies. Each year, hundreds of students meet at TCI EXPO for two days of learning, networking, and growing.

PLUS… Students get access to everything TCI EXPO has to offer! Attend any educational sessions or forums, explore the trade show floor, and network at the Welcome Reception on Thursday evening.

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Student Career Days at TCI EXPO 2021

November 4-6, 2021

We are excited to get the chance to meet you at this year’s Student Career Days at TCI EXPO 2021! We have been working hard to make this the best event to date! By attending this two-day event, you will be able to network with like-minded people, learn about tree care career opportunities, and begin your personal development as a tree care professional!

NEW! This year, we are excited to announce our brand new, student-only hang-out spot sponsored by STIHL! Students will meet for forums and workshops and enjoy lunch provided by STIHL. This space is for you to meet new people, learn, chat, and grow during your time at the Student Career Days event!

Student Career Days include:

  • New Scavenger Hunt/Social Challenge! This year will feature new challenges, like this scavenger hunt. Complete as many tasks as possible, with a selfie to prove it, and win the most prizes.

  • New Educational Sessions and Panel Discussions! This year industry experts are collaborating to bring you live discussions on all things tree care-related.

  • New Young Professionals Forum! You will hear the experiences of other young people within the industry, and discuss ways to get involved with TCIA to benefit your career.

  • Career Talk with Certified Arborist and Stihl spokesperson Mark Chisholm

  • Industry Job Fair with fantastic opportunities to build relationships with prospective employers who are looking to hire YOU.

  • Closing Ceremony with awards and swag giveaways.

Student Career Days will leave you with a renewed purpose and direction, new friends, and more career opportunities to begin mapping out your future in tree care! We can’t wait to see you there!

Student Career Days Agenda

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Location: Student Quad Sponsored by Stihl (Room #209)

Join us in kicking off this year’s Student Career Day in the Student Quad sponsored by Stihl! Here, we will be serving light refreshments and coffee to jump-start the day!

Location: Student Quad Sponsored by Stihl

The opportunities offered through Student Career Days and EXPO can be overwhelming – what a good problem to have! This panel discussion will narrow down the importance of networking, career development, and getting the most out of the 2021 Student Career Days!

Location: Student Quad Sponsored by Stihl

What are some things you should prepare for prior to your interviews? Topics discussed during this session will include soft skills vs hard skills, things to look for during your interview, and how to tell if you are applying for a place worth working for.

Location: Student Quad Sponsored by Stihl

Enjoy lunch provided by Stihl and engage with your peers!

Location: TBD

Young people and new businesses make up a large part of the tree care industry, but it can be difficult for them to connect and find the resources they need to be successful. Attendees at this forum will hear the experiences of other young people within the industry and discuss ways they can get involved with TCIA to benefit their careers and business. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with other young people in the industry!

Location: Student Quad Sponsored by Stihl

Sit down with professional arborist and Stihl representative, Mark Chisholm, and chat about what the day in the life of a professional arborist is like while getting a deeper understanding about careers in arboriculture.

Trade Show Floor Tour!

Explore the trade show floor and get your passport stamped at several locations! Interact with exhibitors and partners and have them stamp your passport for a chance to win a prize at the end!

FRIDAY, November 5, 2021

Location: Student Quad Sponsored by Stihl

Start the day off with a full breakfast provided by Stihl while you network and engage with your peers!

Location: (Room 120 – 123)

Student Career Days Job fair commences! Now is your opportunity to put your skills to the test and begin networking with industry professionals who are excited to recruit new talent! See what job opportunities are already available for you in the industry and begin your first steps to a professional career in arboriculture. Don’t miss out on the chance to speak with like-minded individuals who are ready to see if you have what it takes to join their company as an employee.

Raffle tickets will be drawn for those who have gotten their passport stamped and approved every 15 minutes, with prize items provided by Stihl.

Location: Student Quad Sponsored by Stihl

Enjoy lunch provided by Stihl and engage with your peers!

Location: Trade Show Floor

Explore the trade show floor and get your passport stamped at several locations! Interact with exhibitors and partners and have them stamp your passport for a chance to win a prize at the end!

Location: Skills Arena Stage

Join us during the closing ceremony at the Skills Arena Stage for closing remarks and giveaways from Stihl!

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Connect with
the TCIA Mobile App!

Download the TCIA mobile app and set up/log in with your TCIA account to keep the conversations going. Access Tree Care Industry-specific highlights on the newsfeed, message other tree care professionals on the app, and set up your agenda to never miss a thing. The app is free and a great resource for anyone attending the TCI EXPO 2021!

Get it on Google Play
Download on the App Store