Alumni are your most loyal supporters and best ambassadors, offering invaluable marketing and promotion across their personal and professional networks.
Alumni network has real-life benefit for your current students by career support. This enhances the students’ experience and give them that competitive edge in today’s tough job market. Alumni can help students get placed at their respective organizations.
Alumni are fundraising prospects. They take their knowledge of your institution to their hometowns and countries and into their professional and social networks.
Benefits of Alumni Network
As graduates of the institution, alumni have a special connection with the university and as a result are likely to be some of its more loyal supporters.
Alumni are in a position to become international ambassadors to the institution.
Talented alumni have a wealth of experience and skills to share with current students via Guest lecture, talks and newsletters and by being Mentors to current students in some cases by accredited Professional Mentoring Programmes and help students launch their careers.
Alumni can enable internships, work shadowing and professional networking opportunities. These enhance the students’ experience and give them that competitive edge in today’s tough jobs market.
Because of the dedication and gratitude many Alumni have for the institution, they are often generous with fundraising efforts. Financial donations enable you to offer life-changing scholarships and bursaries to talented students who may otherwise have to give up their studies. They also enable your institution to provide students with advanced facilities and equipment for teaching and pioneering research.
Whilst having an engaged alumni network is beneficial to the institution, the benefit to the alumni themselves should not be overlooked. Professional mentoring journey has been very rewarding. Alumni can learn a lot about themselves and their own career trajectory.
A changing market
As graduates have grown up and new alumni have emerged, the market has naturally evolved. There is now a whole new generation of alumni to consider and what once worked well, may not now. In short, tactics may need updating and modifying for a new audience.
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