About the Alumni Office
The Alumni Relations Office is responsible for keeping in contact with our graduates and facilitate opportunities for communication, friendship and professional development.
We are working to make the most of the opportunities to connect with alumni and we are always delighted to hear from you.
We facilitate networking, social events and reunions, help to trace friends, and we look to include graduates in the day-to-day life of the college. LCCA students from Higher National, Bachelor and Master Courses become part of the alumni network, automatically, starting at their graduation.
Alumni who are interested in supporting future generations of students through volunteering their time and expertise, sharing their experiences and knowledge, giving lectures, or make donations we can support them to do so. We also provide a range of benefits for our former students, including careers advice, professional development support and discounts.
We seek to enhance the student experience by identifying opportunities to engage with alumni and other interested supporters. These opportunities may include placements, graduate internships, mentoring and other forms of support for students in developing their range of knowledge and skills.
The benefits of keeping in touch
We offer a range of benefits and opportunities to LCCA alumni, who are invited to access the following facilities, services and benefits:
As an LCCA Alumni member you will have access to college library resources.
Alumni who wish to organise an exhibition or show to promote their work, are able to use the Gallery space, subject to availability and booking.
Careers advice and support
Careers Services offer one-to-one careers guidance, support with job applications and business start-up advice to recent graduates
Employing LCCA Graduates
The LCCA Careers and Employability Service can help you recruit our students and graduates, raise your profile and act as a link between your organization and the College.
Discounted further study
All alumni receive a 50% discount on all short courses and CPD (continual professional development courses).
The chance to network with entrepreneurs and form professional relationships with like-minded individuals within LCCA events.
Stay in touch with us
You can contact the Alumni Relations Office at email@example.com for further information regarding any of the benefits or services listed above, or to update your details. You can also request replacement certificates and transcripts, should you need to.
The Alumni Mentoring Programme aims to promote continuous learning and professional development amongst students and graduates.
The scheme offers students the opportunity to develop key employability skills and gain useful insight into their chosen industry. It also helps graduates develop their coaching skills and make a difference in someone’s career.
We are looking to enhance students’ employability by connecting them with graduates working in relevant roles, who can provide them with a better understanding of employer expectations and careers opportunities. Students are matched to an alumni mentor, following their expressed interest to the Careers and Student Service Department.
Who are the mentors?
LCCA graduates who have 'been there and done that', know what students are going through and are willing to share their knowledge and professional experience with them.
The mentors are graduates that work in professions or industries of interest to current students, and volunteer their time to provide students with support.
What can alumni mentors do for a student?
- Answer general questions about their current roles, industry they work in, their experience after graduating etc.
- Put a student in touch with industry contacts, when appropriate
- Provide students with advice on the role and workplace expectations
- Give students a better idea about how to plan their career
- Make time and keep in regular contact with students for the duration agreed
- Establish meetings when appropriate
What alumni mentors cannot do for a student?
- Be a personal tutor
- Help with assignments
- Give you advice on course content
Advantages of being a mentor
- Being able to inspire and help others to achieve their career goal
- Develop coaching skills needed for future leadership roles
- Work with people from different contexts and backgrounds
- Experience to add to your CV
Overall, you will gain fulfilment from advising, motivating and empowering others to make decisions and take responsibility for their own actions and development.
Advantages of being a mentee
- Get career tips from someone that you can relate to, especially if they’re in the position of your dreams
- Provides you with a better understanding of the skills needed in the chosen role or industry and ideas on how you can develop them
- Good connections can help open up entire new opportunities and directions for you that you may not have realised before
- Having a mentor can improve your self-confidence in pursuing the career you want.
How much time must a mentor allocate?
In order for the scheme to work, we require mentors to commit to a minimum of 6 meetings or contacts with their mentees (either in person, via emails, phone or skype) and generally for a period of 5 to 6 months. It is the mentee’s responsibility to organise these meetings.
How to apply?
Applications for student mentee are open throughout November – December and will be reviewed by the Careers and Student Services Department. Students from all courses can apply, with priority being given to first-time applicants.
Successful candidates will be invited to meet their mentors during a briefing session that will include: establishing goals and expectations, preferred methods of contact and planning meetings along with support from the Careers Service.
Your student application must include:
- Professional goals and motivations
- Personal and professional development needs
- What are you looking to achieve from the mentoring programme?
Alumni application will include:
- Course studied
- Job title
- Areas of expertise
- What do you hope to achieve by being an Alumni Mentor?
Structure of the programme and timetable
June - October Careers and Student Services sourcing alumni mentors
November - December Student mentee applications are open
January Applications review and matching profiles
February Matching outcome announced and briefing session
March Mentoring partnership starts
July End of the scheme
August Feedback and awards
Interested graduates can find out more about the mentoring scheme by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about the mentoring programme, students can email: email@example.com.