29 April 2021

Leaving school or college? Here’s why you should sign up to your alumni network

By Melina Joannides, Digital Assistant

I understand, I’ve been there. 

Finishing school or college, closing that chapter in your life can bring so many emotions, one of them being uncertainty. Maybe you don’t have a clear view of the pathway that awaits, or maybe you do. Either way this can be a daunting time. 

Joining your school’s former student (or ‘alumni’) network is your safe space. Through this network, you can receive further guidance, support and maintain contact with your old school or college, teachers and friends.

What’s in it for me?

Through your school or college’s alumni network, you will have an opportunity to build your experience based around your interests. You will be able to develop your CV and your employability skills through volunteering opportunities. You will be given an insight into working life and develop a clear understanding of which pathway is and is not for you. You will also hear about unique opportunities. I signed up to my alumni network and as a result, found out about the job I now have at Future First! 

Importantly, you will be able to build your professional network through connecting with other former students who have progressed into further education, training and work. You will gain insight into a variety of roles and industries, and may secure work experience. Building professional relationships could lead to some incredible opportunities – networks are everything!

As you grow familiar with building your network and meeting new people, your confidence, knowledge and expertise will continue to grow. 

Supporting the next generation

By returning to school or college as an experienced former student who can talk to current students and help build their understanding of the pathways available, you will be supporting the next generation and help them understand what awaits beyond the school gates. 

Give yourself the support system you deserve and sign up today.

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