Alumni Information Session

Alumni Information Session


– [Gemma] So as I mentioned,
for those who are just joining in now, we’re just going to go through a little
bit about the alumni program and then give you a chance to ask us any questions or
thoughts. We’re also really interested to know if you have ideas that possibly we
haven’t thought of and what Deakin Alumni might be interested in.
So, we are going to start with the basics, but I’ll just whiz
through these very quickly. Who can join the Deakin Alumni
Community? The answer is graduates of Deakin. So once you graduate,
you automatically become part of the Deakin Alumni Community.
How do you join? You actually don’t need to do anything. You don’t have to
register. You automatically become alumnus. We do need
you to update your details, though, and I’ll show a screen in a moment that
shows you how to do that. So that’s this one here. Now,
if you haven’t logged in before, this is once you have graduated,
you go online to engage.deakin.edu.au, and you create a username and password for
yourself. And you’ll be able to: log in, change your preferences,
change your address details, change your email addresses,
all those types of things. So, the good bit about changing your
interest is it means that you’ll receive communications from us that
really interest you in the future. Why should you stay connected? Well,
the Deakin Alumni Community is a huge global network. We’ve got
230,000 graduates worldwide. We’ve run about 100 events this year, both
across Australia and internationally. We have webinars. We have communications.
We have benefits. We have competitions. We’ll talk about all those in a moment.
But there’s lots of reasons that people choose to stay connected. One,
that you become part of a network that’s a network for life.
You have the opportunity to connect with others who have studied
with Deakin. You can do lots of professional development.
You can do lots of networking. You might like to consider further study
in future, so there’s lots of reasons that people choose to stay in touch.
Some really like to stay in touch with their peers, people that they have
gone through uni with as well. So everyone has individual reasons why
they choose to stay in touch, but we get thousands of people who contact us each
year, and we have hundreds that come along to the events across the years as
well, so there’s lots of people doing just that. Who does the alumni program
cater for” Well, our aim is to cater for everybody. So we try to have a really
diverse program that consists of…we’ll talk about it in a moment, but
faculty-specific events, but also really general event, and communications
and things as well. It’s a big range of topics, but if there’s
something that you’re really interested in that you haven’t seen us
provide, a topic that you might want in future, absolutely, suggest that to us.
So what is an alumni chapter and a network? So a chapter is a group of
people who have either a common interest, they may have had the same discipline at
university, or by location. So, there’s, for example, the Shanghai
chapter, the Beijing chapter. So it’s either a location or by
discipline. And they have a committee, and it’s quite formalized.
A network is similar, but it’s a group of people that get together maybe once
or twice a year that don’t have a formal committee. So these chapters are
definitely something that you might be interested in being involved in.
You could start out by just attending chapter events and then possibly get to
the stage where you want to be part of a committee and volunteer your time. So
we have communications and events that are part of these chapters.
They also have social media, and they run quite independently.
But we have, also, all-alumni communications and events that
we run for all graduates as well. So you might see some different types of
communications that come out to you and that’s the reason why. So,
ways to stay informed. So we send out emails that you
may have already seen, I hope. You possibly saw the last “dKin Times,”
enewsletter. There are social media channels, there’s Facebook and
LinkedIn for all Deakin Alumni, and I really encourage you to jump on those,
like them. We just set them up this year. So we’ve got a good following, but we’re
trying to promote those as well. Some of the chapters have their own social
media channels. The “dKin Magazine” is an annual publication that we put out.
There’s some alumni profile, also some Deakin research stories in there. And we
also have our live events and webinars. So we might just answer… Hi, to Anton,
firstly. I’m just reading the question. Okay, it says, “It seems that the first
time you’re exposed to alumni in your area of study is after you’ve actually
finished. Why don’t we have more of a connection while of studying [inaudible]?”
Absolutely, Anton. Thank you for bringing this question to us, and it’s something
that we’ve been talking about a lot as well. We’ve tried with a few
courses this year, for the first time, just to see how it has gone.
It’s been really successful. So it’s certainly something we’d
like to do more of in future. And absolutely, anyone else that’s
listening today, if you have other ideas of how we can connect more with
students, we’d love to hear those. We have been inviting chapter committee
representatives to come to our alumni chapter committee meetings as well.
There’s been some joint events, but certainly, doing more, you know,
in conjunction with student associations and with faculties as well is something
we’d like to do in future. So this is the “dKin Magazine” that’s just
come out. That’s available to view online. If you haven’t looked already at the
Deakin website, there’s a whole section dedicated to Deakin Alumni, and its got
publications. It’s got webinar and seminar recordings. It’s got our coming
events. It’s got it a whole range of things, profiles that you can access.
So, please, have a look online. You might like to have a read of that
magazine. You are also able to email us if you wanted an actual hard copy
to read of those. Events-wise, we hold events in every state except
Northern Territory around Australia and internationally as well. We have
a really big list of events that we run annually. There’s about 100,
as I said, this year. In addition, a lot of the faculties…which, if you
don’t know what I’m talking about when I say, “The faculties,” I’m talking
about…there’s health, there is arts and educations, science engineering, and
built environment, and business and law. They also run events. And if
you are a graduate of that area of the university, you will be invited to
those as well. Some are for professional development and actual points,
particularly the areas like law and architecture. You can get credit
points for attending those. So when the emails come to you,
just have a look and see if it says, “Credit points,” at the bottom of those.
We’ve run a lot of networking events. We had a really good night last night in
Geelong where we ran an end-of-year event. We’ve got another one tonight in
Melbourne. So keep an eye out for those types of events that you’re welcome to
come to as well. This year we ran a new graduates event that was held early in the
year. So that’s certainly something you can keep an eye out in future.
And we run reunions as well. So a lot of them have been with residents,
if you’ve lived on campus, but next year’s a really special year for Deakin Alumni
because it’s 40 years since the first graduating Deakin Alumni. So
we’ll have a few more reunions next year. So we run webinars.
So this is a little bit different. This is more like an online discussion
with you. But we run actual professional development webinars, about 12 a year.
And they cover a wide variety of topics. They’re normally held in the
lunchtime but they’re also recorded. And you’ll be able to go on if you wanted
to have a look at those recordings, have a look at this Deakin website,
the alumni pages that I mentioned earlier, and you can see all the resources.
So there might be a particular topic that interests you, you can always log
back in and have a look at that. But we would love you to be part of the
live audiences of those next year as well. There’s opportunities once you graduate,
also, to volunteer your time. We do profiles. So maybe this is 10 years
time when you have fabulous job and you’d like to share your story with us about
what you’ve done through university and afterwards so we can profile you.
We have the chapter committees, they are volunteers that organize the
committee initiatives. Some of them, like the commerce chapter, for example,
has been running for 10 years, and they are a really dedicated group of people
who run a lot of events and initiatives. Work integrated learning, so that’s
another opportunity if you are in a workplace and you want to host
students, you can get your business involved in that. And some faculties have mentoring
programs that you may have experienced as a student. And once you are a graduate,
we’d love to have you involved in those as well. Alumni competitions, this
is something that…people absolutely love a competition. And once you are an
alumnus, once you’ve graduated, absolutely, we would love you to enter the
competitions. So they’re going to be running next year, every month.
There will always be an alumni competition with an amazing prize. A lot of
them are the money-can’t-buy type experiences that we’ve organized for
next year. They’re promoted in the monthly enewsletter, the “dKin
Times,” and via the social media channels. So we really encourage you
to keep an eye out for those and you can enter. In terms of the alumni
benefits, we’ve got the Deakin library access that’s for life. That’s free.
It is a limited range of resources that are available. You can go online on to the
Deakin Alumni, those web pages, and see the link to the library access
designer. There is the Deakin talent careers service that you’ve had while
you’ve been studying. That is also available to alumni, and that’s for
anytime after you graduate, you’re able to access their services. This year we had a postgraduate
bursary for any alumni that wanted to come back and do a new
postgraduate course with us commencing this year in 2017. That was a 10% bursary
and we are just waiting to hear whether that will be offered again in 2018.
We should have an answer on that shortly. We’ve had Garmin discount,
we’ve had National Gallery of Victoria discount. So we
have some third-party provider discounts in there as well,
which we’re going to have a lot more of those types of things next year.
So do keep an eye out, particularly on “dKin Times” and on the websites.
And we’re going to be launching a new range of benefits. This is a link
to the Deakin talent services, the career services that I was mentioning
before. So you’re able to go on there and just see what they can provide for you if
you are at the stage where you’re looking for your first job, or maybe it’s the
second job. They’re still absolutely willing to help you with that. We have
the Deakin Alumni Awards as well. So that’s a yearly event that is held,
and next year, you might consider nominating someone. There’s the young
alumni of a year, which might be of interest for people under the age of
40. These are absolutely outstanding Deakin Alumni. Usually, about
four people are awarded the Deakin Alumni of the Year Award every year.
So we have the annual survey as well, which there’s actually going to be two
surveys. That goes out tomorrow. So one is for people who have already
graduated, and one is for students that haven’t graduated yet. So you should
receive an email tomorrow inviting you to participate. And there’s
some good prizes up for grabs. Each of those two surveys, you
could win one of three Apple Watches. Obviously, terms and conditions apply
with that. But please, check your email tomorrow. And if you don’t see that
email, you’re absolutely welcome to contact us and we would love
you to complete the survey. The questions are based on whether you
have or haven’t already participated in some way in the alumni program,
just to find out your thoughts and, like we’re doing today, see if you’ve got
any suggestions as well for future. “Philanthropy News,” this is a section of
the “dKin Times” that goes out each month, and it’ll just tell you what one
of the major priorities is for Deakin fundraising. There’s an
annual appeal at the moment, which is all about the Save the Children
relationship and the Deakin Humanitarian Leadership Scholarship Fund. All right,
so we have a bit of time now. If you have any questions that you want to ask
us, as I said, this is an absolutely open discussion. So happy for you to ask
Lauren and myself anything that you would like to ask. So I’ll give people a minute
to type that in. So I guess the biggest reminders as we finish off the sort of
formal part of this is that remember to keep your contact details up
to date. So after you graduate, about six weeks after, your Deakin
email address will no longer be active. So just make sure,
in our database, that we have your personal email address so you can
receive these communications. Keep your interests up to date. And
hopefully, you can get involved in a chapter. If there’s not a
chapter that… On our website, there is a list of all the chapters that
are already established. If there’s not a chapter that either
interest you or in your location, absolutely, contact us and we might be
able to get something started with your help. So keep an eye out for
us as well. For the people who are nearing graduation, we have a photo
booth at the actual graduations. We send information out when
it gets to that time that you’re going to be graduating. Absolutely,
we encourage you to introduce yourself to us and to chapter committee
members and to other alumni at events. And you can email us at the
help desk at any time, which is the [email protected]
So I’m happy to answer any questions that you have. It doesn’t necessarily have to
be specifically about what we offer with the program, but it can be.
Otherwise, you might be interested in knowing sort of a bit more information
about what these events are like, or you might have had an experience at one of
them already. You can even talk about the Deakin experience that you’ve had and
how we could replicate that afterwards. So our job, as the Deakin Alumni relations
team, is to keep in contact with you and encourage lifelong learning.
And after you graduate, you’ll always be a Deakin alumnus.
You’ll always…you know, happy to keep in contact with you
afterwards, so we hope that you do. And let’s see if we’ve got any questions. – [Lauren] So, Gemma,
we have a questions here. We’d like to know what happens more at an
alumni event and are there different kinds of events? – Absolutely. Good question.
So it depends on the nature of the event. So we have networking events, which,
like last night, is just a chance to meet other alumni members, meet some
Deakin staff members over really simple sort of canapes and drinks.
And also, the vice-chancellor was there last night. So, really good opportunity to
meet people of all different areas and also different levels of seniority. So
there’s lots of good people to meet at those types of events. We also have professional development
events, which it’s more about sitting down and listening to a
speaker. So you might arrive, there’d be some networking time,
sit down for probably 20 minutes, and then have 20 minutes to half-an-hour
for a sort of speaker session, and then some networking
and drinks and canapes after that. There’s also the chapter events, and they
can do a big variety in terms of the style of event that they run. Some might
be professional development, some might be at a special location.
For example, the arts and education faculty will be doing an event at the
National Gallery of Victoria in February, so keep an eye out. There’s all different
things. So we are really trying to cater for all different interests with that as
well. But if you have any ideas, we’re happy to speak to you as well.The
other question that we get a lot is the transition between being part of a student
association and the equivalent alumni chapter. So, for example,
you might be part of the medicine committee as a student, MeDUSA,
and then you might then go on to the alumni medicine chapter.
So that’s not something that sort of happens automatically. You do
really need to get involved in the alumni chapter itself. So
you could start by coming along to the events and initiatives
and making yourself known. Quite a few of the committees
actually have an AGM. Every year, they open up to anyone who’s interested in
attending. So you’d be able to come to that and see what it’s all about.
But actually, just coming along, finding out what it’s all about, coming
along is a really good start to all these and to getting involved. And
if you have questions after this, you are most welcome to sort of email us
and find out if there’s, you know, a chapter that’s specific to your area.
Or you might have a group of people that are interested in starting something new.
We can chat to you about that as well. – And Gemma, what about if you’re a
student in the cloud and you’ve never actually physically been to a campus? – That’s a good question as well. So,
hopefully, if you are a cloud student, you have been seeing some email
invitations to events and things and communications throughout your
time, at least over the last year. We’ve really been trying to include cloud
students as part of the Deakin Alumni program from the start because we
know that it’s a completely different experience than when you don’t come to a
campus physically. So, hopefully, you have already taken up opportunity.
If you haven’t, please do so. It’s a great chance for you to make some
real connections with other Deakin Alumni as well. I’ve got a question from Angie.
“I’m a recent graduate and didn’t hear about the networking event taking place
tonight until after the RSVP [inaudible]. Is it to late to come tonight?”
Absolutely not, Angie. We’d love you to come along
tonight. So if you’re available, that would be great. It would
be interesting to hear from you, actually, as to why you didn’t get the
notification, whether it was because of your email address not being up-to-date
or whether you just saw it too late. It gives us a really good
feedback for future. – Angie, if you do need those
details, after the event tonight, please feel welcome to send us an email to
[email protected] or check the events page on the Deakin website. – Yep, fantastic. The next one is Rahul, “Is there any RSS feed and
mailing list for events?” – So we don’t have an RSS feed at this
stage, but we do have mailing lists for an event. So once you update your
details with us, we’ll make sure that we’re sending you all the relevant
event invitations. So, say, if you studied in the business and law
faculty, we’ll send you all those invitations, and then you’ll also get the
central events. We also tailor these to where you are, like, headed in the
world. So if you’re based in Melbourne, we’ll send you invites to the Melbourne
events. But if you’re maybe in London and you don’t want to receive the Australian event invites,
that’s nothing to worry about. We’ll send you the event
invites to the London events. – Yep, as long as your address is correct,
that’s the biggest thing. You’ll get the invitations that are relevant to the
area that you’ve got in our database. It’s very good. So we’ll just give you
another moment to see if there’s some more questions that we can answer for you.
Yeah, as I said, happy to answer anything that you’d like to know. Even
though you have to wait to officially sign off, there’s a…officially update
your details when you graduate, you’re absolutely welcome to attend any of
these initiatives and events now. And we actually…most of our events are open to
anyone who’s nearing graduation anyway. So, hopefully, you’ve seen some of those
types of event invitations coming through to you. – Yep. And our social media pages on
Facebook and LinkedIn are excellent ways to find out about our events. We
provide them all on there, and then we’ll link you straight to the registration
page. So if you’re more of a social media person, you can find out that way. – So the social media channels that
we’ve got are fairly new this year. So we’ve been using those to not only
promote the initiatives that they have, but also to share some really good
inspirational stories about Deakin Alumni as well, and some Deakin research
and events and initiatives, too. So we’d be…yeah, we might wrap up very
shortly. But I’d be really interested to hear from you. What other topics,
what other areas, what are you interested in hearing from us? So there might be
something that I’ve only, really, touched on in this session, that
way we know for future that we should probably go into a bit more detail about
it as well. Someone has just asked about your Deakin email address. No,
there’s…you don’t. Once you graduate, you have your Deakin only for about six
weeks afterwards before it’s shut down. And that’s why it’s really important for
us to have your personal email address as well. This is a very good question,
“Are there any costs involved in the Deakin Alumni program?” It depends
on…mostly the answer’s no, but it does depend on the event or
initiative. Sometimes if it’s the credit points, there might be a cost
involved. Often, it’s a small cost. But for the majority of what
we offer, it’s all free for alumni. So it’s a fantastic benefit for everyone
who has graduated from Deakin. Oh, very good. All right, well,
we might finish up there. We’ve actually got one more question,
so I’ll just finish this off, and that’s specifically about cloud alumni. So,
so far, we haven’t run event that’s only for cloud alumni but we have been inviting
people who study in the cloud to all the general alumni events, and including…as a
sort of student nearing graduation, we have been trying to invite you along
to the alumni events so you get to experience what it’s like.
And I think until you really involve yourself and you come along
and you start really reading the communications, things like that,
that’s the only way to really to immerse yourself in the full program and really
understand how much there is available to you. And at some of the events,
we’ve actually been identifying different cloud students and introducing them to
each other. But once you graduate and you become just the Deakin alumnus,
it’s just like any other alumni member, whether you’ve studied in the cloud or
you’ve studied at a physical campus, all the benefits and services that are
available to you are the same. All right. Well, we might wrap up. Thank you
very much for all of the comments. There’s lots of thank-yous and
feedback coming through now, which is lovely. So,
we’ll finish this off, but we’ll stay online and actually can
answer your questions by typing them in if you have anything else that you wanted to
know. And you might think of something afterwards that you…you know, a burning
question that you’ve forgotten to ask us. So, please, do feel free to contact us at
any time, and we really encourage you to get involved very soon. Thank you.

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