The Network...It begins with interest and responsibility
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Seven benefits of having an alumni department rather than an ad hoc system;
- Impact assessment through Monitoring and Evaluation: track and trace of alumni activities, timely data management and collation.
- Relationship building: Building professional connection with current and ex-students through effective communication and professional relationships.
- Research and Development: Matching current trends with what is being offered by the institution.
- Meaningful alumni engagement: Keeping in touch with the alumni career progress that would be beneficial to the organization, current students and alumni.
- Target programming: Over the time the alumni network gets to grow and it can be overwhelming to manage everyone in the network if there are no clear systems in place. There is also a high risk of information overload on one subject at the expense of other important areas. The alumni network is a great source of future employees of the organization only if a department is established to engage, monitor and evaluate the most talented and deserving candidate rather than relying on other sources which might be vulnerable to abuse.
- Well defined leadership: Current students know who to engage (department) when they transit into the alumni and also understand their role as alumni’s.
- Expert Career Advise; No random calls to address the current students, a threshold and standard should be met before an alumni is engaged in subject matter.
I love this quote by Warren Buffett. “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” So let’s not destroy the great organizations we have fought tirelessly to build, rather let us usher in the next generation that will live the same values we aspired and contribute towards even greater strides in ever changing World either in technology, sports, community developments etc.