Alumni! Reconnecting with your university can help you improve your business

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You know the story, you go to university, you study, you have fun, you graduate and then you leave and never go back, only recalling your happy memories over a drink with friends. Right? Wrong, some relationships shouldn’t be forgotten!


John Dewey, a famous American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer once said ‘Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself’. Your link with your university doesn’t have to end at graduation, universities can continue to provide you with access to new knowledge, support and development opportunities. From working with university employability services to accessing students and graduates, to partaking in full-on comprehensive business growth programmes, BCU Advantage provides a brief look at some of the services on offer.

Continue to learn and develop

As well as providing for students, universities are often invested in growing and developing the region in which they’re located. This can be through partnerships or funded regional development projects which are focused on supporting businesses and individuals in the community.

Higher Level Skills Match (HLSM), is one such service that Birmingham City University offers. Higher Level Skills Match is a free account managed service for SMEs that offers you and your business the opportunity to assess your skills needs. Once these have been assessed, they’ll help you recruit the right graduate and student talent to suit your needs as well as offering workshops to help provide you and your colleagues with the additional skills you need to grow.

Meet your younger self

Do you ever think about what you needed when you were a student and what you’ve learnt since then? Most universities offer the opportunity for you to give back by offering mentoring support, but also give you the chance to learn from student’s experiences.

As well as offering the opportunity to mentor student, Birmingham City University runs a Graduate+ program which is a three year voluntary award programme that students partake in, to give them additional soft-skills and qualifications on leaving University. If you’ve got any additional skills or workshops you’d like to run with students, Graduate+ are open to encouraging involvement from individuals wanting to give back.

Grow your business

As well as partaking in activities to improve your own business skills, you can also learn how to grow and develop your business. The SME Growth Service is offered by BCU as a way to diagnose your business situation, working with Birmingham City University’s Business School Growth Advisors to support you in finding out your challenges and opportunities to growth. Following this you’ll be given a bespoke support to help your business move forward as well as a series of workshops designed to help you address your challenges.

Just want to sign up and be part of the community?

However, even if you’re not interested in taking part in these support services you can still be part of your university community, and access all of the future events and opportunities available. Sign up to be part of Birmingham City University’s alumni community.

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