Opening Doors

Our Opening Doors campaign aims to empower our alumni community to help our current students through a unique and ever changing global crisis. Together we can do this.

Support our students

What our current students are facing

We know that our students are embarking on the most challenging and unpredictable year in the history of our institution.

Due to a graduate job market that is increasingly under strain, there are a significant proportion of Surrey students and graduates who are worried about their employment prospects when they graduate.

Recent research by Censuswide reported the following:

  • 44% of young adults aged between 16-25 have lower aspirations for the future as a result of the pandemic.
  • Almost 50% of recent graduates now feel they will be unable to enter into the career of their choice.

What are we doing to help

We are doing everything we can to help our students, but we cannot do this alone, and we are hoping that you will join us in supporting our students at this critical time.

In response we have launched the Opening Doors campaign. This campaign will empower you, our alumni community, to help our current students through a range of different initiatives, we believe every one of you has a role to play. Together, we can do this.

Ways you can help

By coming together and sharing our skills and experiences, we can open doors for Surrey students.

Many of our students just need a guiding hand, a little reassurance, or a sounding board. Our new online mentoring platform – SurreyConnect – will provide a way that you can support students with career-related advice such as checking a CV, helping them build their LinkedIn profile or providing advice as they prepare for interviews.

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Surrey has an enviable reputation as one of the most successful institutions in the UK for our graduates getting jobs. However, many companies are not able to offer placement opportunities at this time and our students are missing out on developing those crucial employability skills that made them choose Surrey in the first place. Could you step forward and offer a placement at your workplace? Perhaps you could offer an internship or share details of graduate employment opportunities with us.

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Online events have now become an important forum for networking, sharing ideas, learning and gaining insight. You can support the Opening Doors campaign by taking part in our range of online events. We are looking for guest speakers and volunteers to take part in careers panel and speed networking events. These events help bolster students’ confidence, broaden their awareness of career options in their field and help them build their personal networks. All you need is online access and a willingness to share your experiences with our students and fellow alumni.

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The pandemic has affected us all, cutting us off from family and friends at this difficult time. This can be particularly difficult for our alumni living overseas. One way we can support each other is through our network of international clubs which offer a way to build connections, both professionally and personally.

We have clubs in Mainland China, Hong Kong, the Middle East and Greece but we are keen to extend the network as far as possible. Can you help us build a club in your country?

Get in touch with us at: alumni@surrey.ac.uk 

For any further information email us at alumni@surrey.ac.uk.