Earlier this month a group of alumni in Sociology and Criminology returned to Keele for an event in Keele Hall and KUSU, to provide career-building advice and support to more than 30 current undergraduates.
Students in all years of Sociology or Criminology benefited from a full day of career planning, including sessions to build their networking skills, which they later put into action with our alumni visitors. A wide range of routes were represented by our alumni group, who work in housing, charity PR, project management, community safety, crime prevention and probation, policing and in executive coaching.
Students were extremely grateful for the opportunity to build networks and work on their own employability, advised by those who know exactly what it is like to be an undergraduate at Keele. Students came away from the day with a wider range of career options, and direct experience of professional networking and with offers of further career support from alumni.
Visiting alumni commented on how fresh and committed they found our students, and how much they enjoyed the opportunity to be invited back to Keele. In addition to a nostalgic visit to KUSU, they also enjoyed a tour of the revamped central campus from a Student Ambassador.
The Alumni Career networking event was the second such event organised by Dr Rebecca Leach, School of Sociology & Criminology, supported by the Alumni and Careers offices, and has provided a model for employability and alumni engagement that is being taken up by other Schools.
(Picture - Dave Barnett, Sociology & Music Technology graduate, now Finance Lead in the Cabinet Office, at the event).