UTS introduces Young Alumni program
Designed to give our most recent graduates a platform to connect and collaborate through a mix of social and professional development opportunities, the UTS Young Alumni program is the first of its kind for the university.
A new committee of young alumni (UYAC) are building opportunities to support graduates aged 35 years and younger – or those within five years of graduating – as they embark upon their professional careers.
The Young Alumni program kicked off in February with an exclusive speed networking event. Featuring a session on how to make the most of LinkedIn, tips and tricks to up your networking game and a professional headshots station, it was a promising taste of things to come.
It was also the first opportunity to meet face-to-face with the 2020 UYAC, who were themselves keen to connect with fellow graduates and get feedback on the direction of the program.
UYAC member Christopher Aaron Yong, a corporate and technology lawyer, said he was excited to get involved because he wants to nurture and maintain the relationships he developed while at UTS through entrepreneurial activities, as well as with his teachers and lecturers.
“I know how important it is to stay in touch with your community and the people you went through tertiary education with,” he says. “I found that the UYAC was a good opportunity for me to interact once again with these people who I spent five years of my life with.”
Since the beginning of 2020, the UYAC have been meeting monthly to develop a program for young alumni, with a keen eye to progressively involving the broader alumni community.
“We’ve got a few events in the pipeline – some social events, some career-orientated events,” says Christopher.
“Our plan is to increasingly leverage the experience of the people in the committee, in addition to the people who are part of the UTS alumni community. In coming events you’ll find that we’re starting to leverage off the community expertise – we’ll reach out to interested members and see where things align.”
Christopher is confident that young alumni will find real value in the program.
“You’ll interact with likeminded people – people who think the same way and share the same values. It’s a social activity that will give you career and personal benefits,” he says. “But at the end of the day our time is valuable, so our goal is to ensure that these events are valuable for everyone in the young alumni community.”
For more info about the 2020 UYAC and program, please visit: www.uts.edu.au/youngalumni