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Alumnight- How did it go?

Our first ever alumni event- how did it go? On Thursday 21st October 2021, the Employability team held its first EVER alumni event – Alumnight! The event saw previous Sabbatical Officers and students return to Coventry University Students’ Union to share their thoughts and provide guidance to current students, on how to make the most of their time whilst at University.

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Our first ever alumni event- how did it go?

On Thursday 21st October 2021, the Employability team held its first EVER alumni event – Alumnight! The event saw previous Sabbatical Officers and students return to Coventry University Students’ Union to share their thoughts and provide guidance to current students, on how to make the most of their time whilst at University.

In total there were 8 speakers at the event, who each spent time reflecting on their experiences of being a student at Coventry University. Below is a summary of some of the key messages that came out from the event:

  • Your path to success may not always be straightforward, and life at University is not always easy, however it is a rewarding one. It’s important to have personal commitment and accountability, and self-motivation to keep you going when things get difficult. Building resilience is an important skill, which will carry you through University and beyond. Another key skill to utilise and develop at University is time management- ensure that you plan your time effectively so that you can make the most of the various opportunities around you!
     
  • University is a great opportunity to meet new friends, push yourself out of your comfort zone and try things that you’ve never tried before. Utilise this chance to widen your own viewpoint, and see things from different peoples perspectives. Make a vow to yourself to ‘go beyond the four walls of your classroom’. Your University experience is about much more than achieving a degree, and it is important to seize everything that is presented to you. Also, don’t just accept what is given or handed directly to you- push yourself to reach outside of your comfort zone, and create your own opportunities for growth. University also offers the perfect time to make mistakes, and learn from them- it’s all a part of the development process!
     
  • A great place to start, if you are feeling unsure of how to reach out and meet new people, is by connecting with people of a similar interest or experience to you. There are many avenues that already exist which can help you to do this- for example, events such as the international student feast or networks such as the African and Caribbean society. Building networks and relationships is a key part of your development and it’s important to encourage and support your network to achieve, just as they support you.  Anyone you meet could be the person who can help you to take the next step in your journey!
     
  • Many individuals may see the Students’ Union as a physical space, such as the building it is located in, or the offices in The Hub. The Student Union is actually each and everyone of you (students), the opportunities you choose to seek and the passions you choose to pursue and convey. You shape the Students’ Union and help to make it a success and being engaged with the Students’ Union can benefit you for a number of reasons- it can help to open doors for you that you didn’t even know existed, and help you to develop a variety of professional and transferable skills.
     
  • By partaking in roles that represent and support others, such as as a Course or Faculty Rep, you can help to raise the voices of those who may be unable to raise it by themselves. By leading a student group, such as a Sports or Society club, you can develop invaluable leadership skills. By running for a Sabbatical Officer position, you can learn how to navigate conversations and situations with a wide variety of stakeholders in higher education, and develop the ability to make well-informed decisions, confidently. An important concept to grasp whilst at University is that you have the power to make and drive change- and the possibilities are endless!
     

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to support, and speak, at our event- and we welcome feedback to help us to make the next one an even bigger and better success!

 

To pre-register for the next event happening in term 2 and to get involved please use the link below-

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