UK Alumni Association
We will likely hold up to 10 jobs in as many
as 3-4 different fields during our years of
Over 80% of jobs are still found through some
form of direct contact and/or networking.
Networking is the number one way to find out
about new opportunities and land a job!
The job market is slowly improving, though
still tight. Layoffs are common.
Baby boomers are having to work longer than
expected. Young professionals are
experiencing an extremely high rate of
Networking events of all types are a growing
trend with professionals and alumni
Outcomes of UK alumni focus
groups reflect that our alumni
would like more career-related
Alumni of all ages indicate that career support
is a very valuable service.
Alumni indicate they are interested in posting
job descriptions to help other alumni.
Alumni are continually looking for ways to
build their careers and businesses.
Younger alumni would like to see clubs offer
more networking opportunities as those
individuals are building their identity in new
communities and establishing careers.
Meet new people/increase networks of UK
Learn about career opportunities or other
Learn about community volunteer
Become involved in local UK Alumni Clubs
Form a committee to help delegate
Have at least 2 committee meetings before the
event, one of which is at the event site. Especially
be conscious of room set-up and acoustics.
Elect one board member to be the central contact
person for all event marketing/promotion.
Choose a date and time that works well for
Select a convenient location with good
Restaurant and bar meeting rooms work well.
Consider offering a cash bar and some light
Strive to keep the price minimal (i.e. $5-10
Offer discounts for UK Alumni Association
members. Encourage alumni to bring guests.
Guests do not have to be a UK graduate.
Encourage UK Alumni Membership during the
event. Have brochures available.
Determine if there will be a speaker on a business
or professional topic or just speed networking.
Determine speed networking format (i.e. How will
the rotations occur? See later slide for more
Keep the audience engaged and entertained.
Allow participants to mingle before and after the
Collect a few door prizes to be given away at
the end of the event. Business related books,
gift certificates, and UK logo items are always
Have a written evaluation which would include
suggestions for club volunteer
opportunities, future events,
locations or speakers.
For groups of less than 20:
Form one large circle with chairs and give
each participant a chance to share for 3-4
For groups of 20 or more:
Set tables for 6-8 participants. Have each
participant share for 3-4 minutes. Allow 15
minutes for each table to share. Rotate tables
Have a clear rotation system in place.
Enlist club officers to serve as table
Use a loud buzzer or whistle to signify the
time for tables to rotate.
Encourage participants to share some of the
Current job or if searching for a job
If their employer/company is hiring
How long they have been in the community
Community volunteer work
Favorite UK memory, class, professor etc.
Whistle or bell
30 Second Commercial handout
Networking/meeting new people
Getting to know other local UK grads
Opportunity to learn about a variety of
Meeting other professionals
Talking about UK
Hold club professional development/speed
networking events on a regular basis (i.e.
quarterly, monthly etc.)
Speed Networking events tend to attract more
people each time they are held.
Please feel free to contact your UK Alumni
Career Counselors for more information.
Caroline Francis, Ed.S., NCCC, MCC Kelly Higgins, M.A., NCC