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MACE speed networking events are a huge success

19 Nov 2013

The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering recently hosted two speed networking events for its current students and recent graduates

Networking Event

The events saw a total of 17 alumni return to campus representing an array of career destinations including Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Morgan Sindall, the British Army and REACT Engineering.

Speed networking events are a great opportunity for alumni to share their university and career experiences with current students.  Alumni speak to small groups of students for ten minutes, discussing their career and answering questions.  After ten minutes, the students rotate round to the next alumnus.  The evening finishes with informal networking for students to continue networking and asking questions.

Confidence Booster

The events, organised by the Division of Development and Alumni Relations in partnership with the MACE Student Experience Manager, Rachel Bailey, offered students the opportunity to build their confidence networking with professionals and gain a real insight into the world of work and variety of careers available to them.

Rachel said, "I'd heard of events taking place in other Schools and was keen to get MACE involved.  It seemed like a great way to engage with our alumni and support our current students at the same time.  The feedback from the students was fantastic; they really valued the opportunity to speak to alumni in small groups and actually find out what they do day to day and how they got to where they are today.  They also mentioned that being in a group meant that the dreaded 'networking' was a lot less intimidating!"


Both events were a great success, with a total of 76 students attending and there was a great buzz in the room.  Students stayed to network right up until the building closed and the feedback was 100% positive with attendees saying they now felt motivated to start taking action about their career and 98% saying they would recommend the event to other students.  

Thanks go to everyone involved in the event, especially the enthusiastic alumni that volunteered to share their advice.

More Information

If you would like more information about speed networking events or how alumni can contribute to student experience, employability or recruitment activity, please contact:-