In Ireland and nearby countries it’s the beginning of the academic year and it seems fitting to use the expression: “start as you mean to go” that is, build the habits for connecting with alumni early. There is research that suggests that many mentorship programs involving students and alumni tends to be heavily sided with alumni eager to help, and fewer students to be mentored. Why? Connecting with alumni can be intimidating to students. As alumni-facing professionals we need to normalize this connection early and often to help break these barriers.
For graduate students (and aspiring graduate students): ‘How your alumni network can supercharge graduate school success.’ – find it here.
Quote from the book
“This book is an outduction of sorts towards a smooth introduction into life after graduation, whether it was last week, or, like me, last century, we can discover our alumni potential.”
The Alumni Way, p. 33