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How Alumni Can Impact Student Success

January 31, 2024
Guest Contributor
SMCS alumni networking

At St. Michael’s College School (SMCS), the Advancement Office proudly oversees a diverse community of over 11,000 members – spanning more than 30 countries. Our robust and thriving alumni network is committed to cultivating lifelong relationships through various channels, such as ongoing communications, virtual and in-person events, mentorship, and networking opportunities.

In this article, we will explore how alumni can significantly impact the success of current students at SMCS, offering guidance and support that extends well beyond the classroom.

Mentorship Programmes

One of the key pillars of SMCS is our Alumni Mentorship Programme, which lays the foundation for lifelong mentorship with current students – building connections, providing guidance, and creating opportunities that transcend the classroom. These connections help students better navigate their educational and professional career paths and open doors to new possibilities.

Moreover, the programme provides a platform for alumni of all ages to connect and share valuable insights, experiences and successes. Sharing professional journeys contributes to the growth and development of fellow alumni while fostering a sense of community.

The Alumni Association also organizes career mentoring and networking events for university students and SMCS alumni. Anyone interested in being involved can register here.

Science and Tech breakfast with SMCS alumni

Career Guidance

Alumni play a crucial role in providing valuable insights into specific industries, career paths, and job markets. The Virtual Alumni Information Series, launched in May 2020, invites alumni to participate in informative and educational webinars and virtual workshops on relevant topics.

Through this series, alumni have the opportunity to give guest lectures or conduct workshops that enrich students’ and alumni understanding of different professions by providing real-world perspectives and practical knowledge. Sharing industry trends, case studies, and practical skills can also enhance students’ understanding of their field of study.

By featuring speakers from different age groups and professional backgrounds, these series provide a holistic view of the various paths alumni have taken. Older alumni can offer insights gained over years of experience, while younger alumni bring a fresh perspective on evolving professions and industries. This collaborative approach to career guidance ensures that the advice is relevant, timely, and resonates with individuals at different stages of their professional lives.

Internship and Job Opportunities

Connecting with alumni is instrumental in helping students foster academic and professional relationships to help guide their careers. Through our alumni network, students can secure internships, participate in co-op programmes, or even acquire entry-level positions in a field of interest.

Our alumni can also recommend and advocate for current students within their organizations, which not only opens doors to practical experiences but also helps students build their resumes for future employability.

Alumni Associations

Alumni associations play a vital role in fostering a sense of community and engagement among former and current students. Through events, newsletters, and online platforms, students can stay connected and benefit from the experiences of those who have walked the same halls before them.

The SMCS Alumni Association has furthered our mission and vision through charitable giving and outreach, mentorship, and by providing a platform for current students and alumni to connect and support each other beyond their time at SMCS.

Our alumni are not just a part of our history – they are an integral part of our present and future at SMCS.

SMCS Alumnus guest speaker

Promoting a Positive School Culture

When it comes to school culture and community, proud and successful alumni have an immensely positive impact on students, motivating them to pursue their passions and strive for excellence. By giving back to the community and making inspiring education and career choices, alumni set examples that help to shape the ethos of SMCS.

Networking Opportunities

Alumni often have extensive networks in various industries, enabling them to facilitate networking events or connect students with other alumni in their field of interest. This network becomes a powerful resource for current students seeking to establish themselves in their chosen fields and helps to create valuable professional relationships in the future.

The impact of alumni on student success at St. Michael’s College School is manifold and greatly contributes to the vitality of our wider school community. From mentorship programmes to career guidance, internship opportunities, and building a positive school culture, alumni play a pivotal role in shaping the educational journey and future success of SMCS students. Our engaged alumni community continues to be an invaluable asset to the school, embodying the mission and vision learned during their time at SMCS.