1. Gain direct access to a pool of talent and expertise
Long gone are the days where your alumni only attend open days, seminars, forums and fundraising events. Your alumni play a bigger role in engaging with your students to provide guidance and mentorships. Your institution can also reach out to alumni who took an innovative career-finding path to inspire and guide your students.
2. They are the champions for your education institution
Your alumni help establish the institution’s reputation. They become global champions of your institution and prove to be invaluable in providing prospective students with insights in studying at your institution. With this special connection between your alumni, they become better brand ambassadors for your university.
3. They bring opportunities to your students
With a strong alumni network, your alumni could share unique opportunities for personal and professional development for your students. These opportunities could include employment, internships, job shadowing, or even mentorships and advice. By involving your alumni in your students’ development, you could boost your students’ employability for their future.
4. Encourage donations
With an engaged alumni network, your institution can also sustain through fundraising efforts. This is essential to provide possible avenues for your institution to improve student development opportunities, facilities, and even provide scholarships to deserving students.
Help your institution benefit from an engaged alumni network. When students feel supported by your institution and alumni, they will return to give back to your institution and society.
Universities should see alumni as a talent pool not a money pot – https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2013/feb/19/university-alumni-careers-coaching-networks
The importance of the alumni network – https://www.redbrickresearch.com/2015/10/29/the-importance-of-the-alumni-network/