Alumni Roles and Expectations
Being an Alumni Resource is a chance for you to offer support and guidance to students or other alumni. You may be surprised at what you have to offer and how your feedback or information can motivate or educate others. There is no set expectation for what you will cover with students as each individual will define their own goals. Student feedback shows that those alumni who provide guidance, helpful information and are comfortable sharing their own career journey are the most appreciated. Every alumnus or alumna approaches the process differently, but here are some helpful hints to get you started.
Find Out A Little About Each Student
This will allow you to focus your answers around their needs so it is more beneficial to you and the student. Questions may include:
- What are you hoping to gain from our interaction?
- What is your area of study or emphasis?
- Why are you pursuing your MBA?
- When are you planning to graduate?
- What are your initial plans after graduation?
Be available and willing to give advice or guidance. Students who are nervous about making contact with you may appear undirected. Find out what their need is and provide appropriate information.
Be Willing To Share What You Know
Students are usually hungry for any information or insight you can offer regarding your industry, company, job function or past experiences. Expect to be the “expert” in the relationship or, if needed, possibly offer to help find other appropriate resources.
If you are unable to meet with a student, take the time to respond and let them know you are not available. If your information changes or you would like to provide feedback on the program, call the UTC Placement and Student Employment Center at 423-425-4184
If your schedule allows, you can meet for coffee, talk on the phone or even respond via email to