Volunteering

Increasingly, Leeds alumni are helping at Open Days and recruitment fairs by talking about their Leeds experience with prospective students.

I remember that when I was looking into my Further Education options past college, I was incredibly naïve about what benefit I would gain in going to university at all. I was keen to pass on experience and knowledge to people facing these choices, if nothing else to at least arm them with as much information as possible going forward.”

Kim Rowell (Broadcast Journalism 2006)

What would you tell your old self?

Thanks to people like you, our students and recent graduates are better informed about life after university. Leeds alumni give our students the sort of real-life information they need to get onto the career ladder. The Leeds Network is a popular online system that links students and recent graduates with alumni who offer career support. Our alumni recognise the value of helping students through this email advice system.

To sign up to the network, click here.

“When I was coming up to graduation, I had no idea where I was going. It would have been useful to have someone there to bounce ideas off, to ask questions to and see if I wanted to get involved in that type of career.”

Chris Aldridge (Physics 2001), who advises students through the Leeds Network.

As part of the University’s student employability drive, we’ve been inviting more and more alumni to:

  • contribute to panel discussions
  • give talks to students
  • meet with groups of students at ‘speed networking’ events

“…you get a fresh perspective on what you do, which can reinvigorate you – when a 19-year-old says ‘Your job sounds really cool’, you often think ‘You know what? It really is!’”

Appreciation

A little time given by a Leeds graduate makes a big difference to a young person’s career. Students appreciate the expertise offered by the very people who walked the same routes, sat in the same lecture theatres and worked in the same labs.

“We massively appreciated alumni coming to chat to us. It’s more insightful to hear about a specific industry from someone who is working in that area currently rather than simply attending a formal, lecture-style talk about a career.”

Yasmin Lambert and Christophe Walder (4th year languages students)

Invaluable insight

Some alumni have been putting in a bit more time by mentoring students to gain an edge in the competitive job market.

“It seemed like a wonderful way of sharing some of my skills with future business leaders – and it was something that I really wish I’d had during my days of study.”

Andrew Wiseman (Economics 1996), who won the ‘Mentor of the Year’ award for his involvement in Leeds University Business School’s Nurturing Talent Mentoring Scheme.

Elly Snare (History of Art 2007), who joined a career panel discussion here on campus.

There’s more information here about volunteering at the University of Leeds.