Chris, Jo and Hannah with Prof David Boughey, Business School Associate Dean for Education.

Alumni inspire the next generation of Business School students

This summer three alumni volunteered their time to support the Business School Open Day, giving advice to prospective students and their parents.

Jo Goodall (BA Business and Management 2012) who is now a Senior Consultant at Deloitte, Chris Williams (BA Business and Management with Industrial Experience 2014), currently working as Area Operations Manager at Citibase, and Hannah Walker (BA Business and Management with Industrial Experience 2014) who is a Project Manager at Sims Hilditch, all acted as ambassadors at the event on 3 June.

Chris and Hannah also gave presentations to packed lecture theatres about their Exeter student experience, their experience of the Business and Management programme, their year of Industrial Experience and their career paths since graduating.

The feedback from Open Day visitors was extremely positive with attendees praising the ‘enthusiasm’, ‘energy’ and ‘brilliant, engaging presentations’

One student even said: “Quality of presentation made me want to study at Exeter!!! It was enthusiastic, informative and practical. Was very impressed that an alum came back to speak!”

Chris said: "I had such a fantastic all round experience at Exeter that I love the opportunity to give something back to the university. Helping motivated and ambitious prospective students to understand more about university life and more specifically the business school is a rewarding experience in itself."

Professor David Boughey, Business School Associate Dean for Education, added: “Having Hannah, Chris, and Jo return to participate in the last open day was a wonderful addition. Of course it was great to see them again, but to do an event with recent alumni who exuded measured confidence gave us all a lift.

“Having them join the main presentations or engage in conversation with prospective students and their parents, gave reassurance, and a dimension that is probably lacking in most other university open days.”

Our graduates are often our best ambassadors, and we are always looking for new alumni volunteers willing to talk with potential students and their parents at Open Days. Your student successes, experiences of life on campus and the city of Exeter, and your career path after you leave are the best endorsements we can share with potential applicants and their parents.

If you are interested in the rewarding experience of volunteering at an Open Day we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact business-school-alumni@exeter.ac.uk for further information.

Date: 30 August 2017

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