My original column on how conventions could invite more "career" guests (legal reps, marketers, special effects teams) along with their "name" guests generated a good deal of feedback from various people. After some though, I've decided to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and flesh out other ideas on how conventions and similar fan/geek events can encourage professional development as well as fun. There's no real endpoint to the series – and I'm always looking for new ideas.
For this column, I want to focus on another way to make conventions skill-and-career building as well as social and fun – a career track at a convention. I've seen a few ideas like this implemented from con to con, and wanted to discuss my ideal version of how they could be done.