A lifelong connection
Universities know that their alumni are often their best ambassadors and advocates – not just as they go out into the world as new graduates, but through life as they build their careers and professional networks. For graduates, a continuing connection with their alma mater can be a lifelong source of support and friendship – a symbiotic relationship that adds value to the university, too.
King’s Leadership Mentoring Programme pairs current students with King’s alumni who can inspire and support. For this programme, our focus is on alumni based in or around London who hold senior or advisory positions in their professional fields. Leadership Mentors are also key supporters of the university, participating in different initiatives across campus.
Since the initiative started in September 2015, almost 100 pairs have taken part. The programme has connected King’s to new venues around London, introducing students and alumni to key locations and areas that are making an impact on London life.
Mentoring exposes students to the world beyond the classroom. They experience the workplace environment and benefit from the knowledge of professionals established in their field. For their part, alumni mentors say they are inspired by the quality of King’s students, their drive and ambitions.
One mentor said: ‘Getting to know different people and being able to pass on my experiences; feeling that my help has added value – this has all been enormously satisfying for me.’
Mentees appreciate the practical help their mentors can give them, saying: ‘He encouraged me to widen my job search and pointed me to areas I did not think of before. I now have a clearer idea of working environments and eligibility criteria.’
‘The best part about my mentoring experience has been meeting someone in the profession and being able to form relationships that wouldn’t have been possible without it.’
Alumni Advisory Group
Gaining the support of our alumni for our strategic goals is vital to us. We need the engagement, advocacy and enthusiasm of our London-based alumni if we are to truly leverage the potential of our location in the heart of London.
King’s is building on our commitment to, and connectivity with, our alumni community through our London Alumni Advisory Group. Our aim is to build strong relationships with entities headquartered in London, and deliver benefits to local communities through these connections. With this in mind, Group members are seeking out and engaging with former King’s students working at a senior level in key industries in London, including business, government, culture and entrepreneurship.
The group’s chairwoman, Diana Garnham (War Studies, 1979), said: ‘King’s alumni reach all parts of London’s society, governance and enterprise. Their experience, goodwill and networks can make a vital contribution in delivering King’s future strategy and I am looking forward to helping play my part in making that happen’.
Find out more about King's Alumni events and benefits here.