3 Reasons IBS is a Career Growth Hub

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Designers, builders, remodelers, architects and other residential building professionals attend the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) each year for a glimpse of the latest products and to learn innovative techniques and industry best practices. 

The show floor buzzes with excitement as tens of thousands of industry professionals seek out new information and business relationships. As a previous IBS scholarship recipient shared, “It exceeded my expectations. Everyone told me it’s so big and incredible. You know, I thought it was going to be cool, but it was really cool.”  

Discover what makes IBS the hub for young professional career growth year after year. 

#1: Connections & Networking 

Networking with other industry professionals is always a top draw to IBS. People from different parts of the United States who work in all different sectors of the industry come together for three jam-packed days of connecting, growing and sharing. 

From education sessions to the show floor—and everywhere in between—young professionals are able to build business relationships that last longer than the show. 

Young man wearing hat and sunglasses holds baby, young lady to the right of him holding a baby“Networking was good. Talking to others and understanding that you’re not the only one. Knowing that there’s other people out there that are facing the same hurdles and learning more on how they plan to overcome industry challenges was extremely eye-opening.”

Brandon Jackson, 2022 Scholarship Recipient 

#2: Comprehensive Industry-Specific Education 

As a young professional between 21 and 35 years old, it’s imperative to participate in educational opportunities that contribute to career growth. The challenge is carving out time to do it. IBS gives you the time to work on professional development to further a career in residential construction. 

IBS Education Sessions share cutting-edge information, industry best practices and provide access to influential building industry leaders during one comprehensive show. 

Young lady with long brown hair wearing a green jacket“I enjoyed the education sessions. I’m now looking at ways in which I can take what I learned and integrate it into my day to day business. It was nice that there were many classes that deal with things I do every day – designing houses.”

Marcie Franklund, 2022 Scholarship Recipient 

#3: Product & Professional Inspiration 

IBS is the biggest industry show of the year. The Builders’ Show brings together attendees with top manufacturers and suppliers, innovative products and trends in hundreds of thousands of square feet of exhibit space.  

While the show is huge, IBS is the one show that is completely focused on providing relevant information specifically for each career stage. Industry veterans share their knowledge, experience, challenges and solutions to help strategically build a career and business in the industry. 

Young lady with long blond hair wearing a dark jacket “It exceeded my expectations. Everyone told me it’s so big and incredible. You know, I thought it was going to be cool, but it was really cool.”

Ashley Atkinson, 2022 Scholarship Recipient 

Apply for a Scholarship to Experience IBS First-Hand 

Time is running out to submit #IBS2023 scholarship applications from NAHB members between the ages of 21-35. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 3.  

Get the details now & apply.


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