Next week I’ll be attending my first Hyperion Special Interest Group. In previous years I’ve always come away from the UKOUG December conferences with a notebook full of jottings from the talks given, and another notebook courtesy of that year’s sponsor which becomes my companion for every meeting and conference call for the year to come. They fill my desk drawer like old diaries, forever central to my understanding of the Oracle & Hyperion market past, present, and future.

Speaking with colleagues and contacts, I’ve noted some considerable hostility to recruitment professionals attending these events, especially in recent months. Part of me, all too conscious of the reputation of our sector, isn’t surprised – I’ve read ‘no agencies please’ on enough job adverts that to read it on an event advert doesn’t really stand out.

And yet, based on the reaction I get when I tell people why I attend these industry events, if I was an organiser I’d be encouraging more recruiters to visit, not fewer.

As I see it, if I am to lay claim to being an expert in my field, and a true ‘specialist’, then it is imperative I listen to – and learn from – the best. What better way to do this than to attend these talks, make use of the Q&A sessions and, naturally, network during the coffee breaks?

After all, as someone who makes both a living and a career in the Oracle & Hyperion sphere, don’t I have a duty to keep myself informed and give not only myself, but those I work with, the best chance of success?

In particular, I’m looking forward to Matt Yorke (of Qubix International Limited) speaking about Oracle Analytics Cloud – we’ve all heard ‘the C word’ countless times since Oracle decreed it the future a few years back, and I expect this to be forty-five minutes valuably spent to understand the differences and comparisons to the old on-premise solutions.

And, any talk with the word ‘gotchas’ in the brief is always going to be one I make a beeline for.

I'm not there to headhunt or to win business. I will not sell Lawrence Harvey's services or push what I do down the throats of all I meet.  We are genuinely interested in the markets we work and I think I owe it to my candidates and clients to understand every part of it that I possibly can. I have to try to be an expert in my field - otherwise why on Earth should anyone trust me with their career or business goals?

If you’re attending on Tuesday it would be great to grab an Americano together to compare notes, or if you can’t make it but would like a rundown do let me know – I’ll be glad to share the scrawlings in my notebook with you on the Wednesday.