Whether you are graduating this spring or graduated years ago, there are many benefits of being active in the DU community post-graduation. As an alumnus/a of University College, you are automatically part of an active alumni group called the University College Alumni Network (UCAN). UCAN provides a more intimate networking opportunity for our University College graduates along with opportunities to attend various events (like the upcoming webinar on May 17, more details here). Not only can you be a part of UCAN, but you can also participate in the DU Alumni Relations group. Both groups provide great benefits to all alumni, in all career stages.
Here are 5 reasons why you should take advantage of your alumni benefits:
1. Being connected to the DU network
Networking is a great way for alumni to connect. From moving to a new city to seeking new job opportunities, making connections in your alumni network can have serious impact. Connecting to other DU alumni can help open new doors for years to come.
UCAN hosts various networking events including speed networking and Network After Work, and DU Alumni Relations hosts events from Chopp Talks to lectures. You also have access to Alumnifire, an online network that connects 120,000 DU alumni and students.
2. Career services and counseling
DU offers alumni access to job and internship databases, career advice, and an employer contacts database. First-year graduates have free access to career counseling, and all other alumni receive two free career counseling sessions per calendar year. Learn more on the Career Services site.
4. Build professional skills
Want to learn new skills that will benefit your career? Take advantage of professional development opportunities such as certification training, workshops, classes, and webinars. The Center for Professional Development offers courses throughout the year, and discounts are available to alumni. Follow the DU Alumni Relations calendar and the Center for Professional Development calendar to look for the next professional development opportunities.
3. Exclusive perks and discounts
Being a DU alumnus/a can have some major perks! Get access to various discounts including insurance, concerts, athletic events, the Coors Fitness Center, and courses through the Enrichment Program at University College.
5. Fun events
Participating in alumni events is the perfect opportunity to get in touch with the University and have fun! UCAN holds an Alumni Achievement Awards, the Annual Alumni Holiday Celebration, and volunteer events throughout the year. In addition, DU Alumni Relations hosts many events throughout the year including homecoming weekend and sporting event outings.