Exclusively Sponsored by Goldman Sachs
The upReach Alumni Programme is for former upReach Associates, who automatically qualify when they graduate. Whether you have just started your first graduate job, or did so many years ago and are seeking to progress, the Alumni programme is designed with you in mind.
The programme consists of three core elements:
Giving Back - Many Alumni who have benefited from upReach’s free support choose to give back to upReach. This might be as a mentor, by connecting us to potential partners, or financially - so that we can work with even more students in the years ahead. Further details of how to get involved are shown below.
Events - We host 3 to 4 exclusive events each year, designed to help you progress in your career, develop skills and expand networks.
Networking - With hundreds of former upReach Associates who graduated in the last five years, there are great networking opportunities. Discover more in the Alumni newsletter.
UPDATE - upReach and Goldman Sachs are collaborating in 2020 to deliver an enhanced programme of professional development support for Alumni of upReach programmes. Alumni will be invited to three exclusive professional development and networking events, with industry leading speakers. The partnership will also fund enhancements to the upReach online platform, to help Alumni progress in the workplace.
Read more in the press release, by clicking here.
Giving Back - How to get involved
- Donate to upReach. A regular contribution helps upReach fund additional students on our programmes. In 2018/19, donations from individuals including Alumni helped us support more than 160 extra Associates. Those who donate regularly to upReach by monthly direct debit are entitled to join upReach as a Member, Supporter or Sponsor
, details of which are provided here.
- Champion our work within your own organisation. An email connecting us to your recruitment, CSR or diversity teams can lead to a partnership which helps upReach support dozens more students! See Jamal’s story to see how easy it can be.
- Fundraise for upReach by taking part in a sporting challenge or by hosting an event. This is fun, helps raise awareness of the work we do at upReach and contributes to the vital funds we need to keep delivering our services. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details of how we can support you with this.
- Provide us with an update on your current status to help us build valuable case studies or get in touch if you’d like to write a blog post about your experience. This will help us reflect the work we do to potential funders and build a written community of Alumni stories. Please email email@example.com for more information.
- Become a mentor to an upReach Associate if you work for one of our partner employers. If your employer doesn’t currently work with upReach, why don’t you connect us to your CSR department to set up a mentoring programme?
- Sign up to volunteer. and share your knowledge, skills and experience. We’ll get in touch when volunteering opportunities arise or you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer at a Careers Academy.
- Join our LinkedIn group upReach Connect to benefit from the network of Associates, Alumni and professionals who are engaged with upReach on LinkedIn in discussing professional development and social mobility challenges.
Communicating with Stakeholders in a Global Environment – 26th February 2020
Getting On and Getting Ahead in the Workplace – 25th June 2019
Vicissitudes of Leadership and Life – 29th November 2018
Personal Brand – 2nd May 2018
Graduation Dinner and Associate Awards – 3rd September 2019
Insights from the Charity and Social Mobility Sector – 18th February 2019
Behavioural Insights – 16th August 2018
Jamal Ud-din - Giving Back - Charity of the Year
upReach Alumnus, Jamal Ud-Din works as an Analyst at North Highland, a management consultancy. He was instrumental in upReach being selected as North Highlands Charity of the Year, in 2018.
Chirag Vadhia - Giving Back as a Mentor
After benefitting from having an upReach mentor during his time as an Associate, Chirag reflects on how it helped him in his career at HSBC and why he’s now decided to repay the favour to a current Associate by becoming a mentor.