What Alumni Say

Public high school alumni want to give back to their old schools. They’ve told us that they’re honoured to be invited back. Here’s what some alumni say about their experiences of the Ourschool program and its career pathways sessions:

Lindsay, businessman and corporate board director

Lindsay, businessman and corporate board director

Geelong High School alum

 

“There are many examples of corporate and private school alumni programs and we’ve seen how successful they can be if they’re well organised.

So why shouldn’t state schools give that same opportunity to their students and their alumni?”

Sharna, municipal emergency management officer

Sharna, municipal emergency management officer

Matthew Flinders Girls’ Secondary College alum

 

“Alumni programs are really important for state schools.

“This program gives the students a perspective about different pathways and how they can move forward once they finish school.”

Graeme, retired surgeon

Graeme, retired surgeon

Sunshine College (Sunshine High) alum

 

“We’ve set up a student scholarship with our friends from high school.

“We hope it grows with the alumni program to encourage Sunshine College students to progress to tertiary education.”

Samuel, diversity and inclusion co-ordinator

Samuel, diversity and inclusion co-ordinator

Keysborough College (Heatherhill High) alum

 

“It’s important for young people to see themselves in role models.

“For me, coming back to school is about trying to inspire new Australians to see themselves in roles that exist for everybody; to see themselves as part of this country.”

Ashley, youth worker

Ashley, youth worker

Matthew Flinders Girls’ Secondary College alum

“It’s good for students to see what Matthew Flinders girls are capable of. Having an alumni program gives them hope for the future.”

Suraya, Melbourne University student

Suraya, Melbourne University student

Matthew Flinders Girls’ Secondary College alum

“The program gives students ideas about how to manage their life, control their study time and how to do well.”

Manisha, lawyer

Manisha, lawyer

Princes Hill Secondary College alum

“Hosting a work experience student from Princes Hill was a great way to give back to the state school community that supported me so well during my school years.”

Clinton, engineer

Clinton, engineer

Keysborough College (Heatherhill High) alum

“We never had an alumni program during my high school days. It’s wonderful to be able to be part of this program and to give back to my community. It’s an honour.”

Mariah, physiotherapist

Mariah, physiotherapist

Matthew Flinders Girls’ Secondary College alum

 

“It’s really beneficial for past students to be able to come back and share their experiences with current students.

“It would have been helpful when I was in Year 12 to hear some advice from people who’d been through it before.”

Dominic, surgical resident

Dominic, surgical resident

Keysborough College (Heatherhill High) alum

 

“Reconnecting with my old school has been an extremely rewarding experience.

“It’s given me the opportunity to help students realise that their dreams can be achieved regardless of their background.”

Liam, Monash University student

Liam, Monash University student

Fountain Gate Secondary College alum

 

“An alumni program broadens the horizons of the school community. It shows you how networks can be important for support and how they can further your career.

“It benefits alumni as well as school students.”

Alice, writer and university lecturer

Alice, writer and university lecturer

Warrnambool College alum

“The Ourschool alumni program provides a fantastic opportunity for students to gain insight into the many, varied possibilities that lie ahead of them.”

Kelly, hairdressing educator

Kelly, hairdressing educator

Camperdown College alum

“The alumni program is great for students because they can see where it’s possible for them to go, even if they think they can’t. They can see that they can achieve, and that it doesn’t matter where they’ve come from.”

Ashlee, kindergarten teacher

Ashlee, kindergarten teacher

Warrnambool College alum

“Hearing from alumni gives students an understanding of what it’s actually like after school, because they can forget what school really is about. Students hear ‘real’ stories from ‘real’ people and hear about the actual pathways.”

Maria, occupational therapist

Maria, occupational therapist

Warrnambool College alum

“Taking part in the alumni program was a great way to share my experiences and motivate the next generation of students to start thinking about work options and pathways into different careers.

“Pathways are not always clear, but there are many doors that can lead to success or entrance into a desired profession.”

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