Supporting current students
Alumni have a special connection with their former school and are likely to be supportive when it comes to educating current students. They can visit the school in person or virtually to speak to students about their experiences and help them stay motivated and prepare for life after graduation. Students who attend schools with a strong alumni network will have a network of successful connections to call upon if they need support through their studies or when it comes to making decisions on their future after graduation.
Successful alumni will have built a wealth of experience and skills since they left school, going on to work in a number of different sectors. Alumni share expertise in a school’s newsletter, on the website, or in talks, and students and parents can benefit from this important information. Alumni can inspire students to pursue their interests, seek out work placements, and help launch their career.
Alumni inspire students to work in different countries around the world. Receiving support from someone who has lived or worked in a particular country can give children the confidence they need to pursue an exciting opportunity. Alumni also act as international ambassadors for their school, recommending it to students in the country where they work. This helps the institution attract prospective students who are looking to study overseas, providing a diverse, international learning environment where students can learn about different cultures and forge important connections.
Former students in a school’s alumni network can offer career support to its current students through innovative schemes. Working with alumni who have graduated and spent some time working in their chosen field can help students gain experience and give them a competitive edge that will help them be successful in competitive job markets. They can gain this experience through work shadowing, networking, or simply getting in touch with alumni for advice. This is a reason why alumni relations are important, because the more graduates a school has connections with, the more experience they have to call upon for their current students.
Having a strong alumni network can be of financial importance too. The dedication and gratitude alumni have for schools and universities can lead to them being more generous when it comes to fundraising. Financial donations help institutions offer scholarships and bursaries to talented students who may not be able to pay for tuition, and having a strong alumni network can help make this possible.
Looking for a school with a strong alumni network should be a priority for parents. Supportive networks are hard to come by and having a place where students can stay connected with alumni and learn from their personal experiences can help them find success in school and after graduation. You can learn more about the premium education we provide at Nord Anglia Education on our schools page and meet some of our alumni here.