Why Your Alma Mater (Probably) Wants You Back

Why Your Alma Mater (Probably) Wants You Back
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    Are you a recent college graduate seeking a job?

    Look no further than the campus you earned your degree from.


That’s right.

Universities like Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, for instance, are building the communities in and around their campuses by offering positions to the very students who have invested their time and expenses into them.

Why? Well, college graduates are what we call the product of higher education. They are the result of successful teaching and curriculum and the living proof that the system is still effective.

So it’s pretty simple math, really: Open jobs up to alumni who are already convinced and passionate about the quality of their alma mater and this will spark a chain reaction of ignited, educated individuals all looking to accomplish great feats.

Like Rick Vacek of GCU Today explains, personal stories of students who graduate, go out into the real world, and eventually find themselves back where their education was given wings are becoming quite common, and it makes a whole lot of sense.

Author Justin Jackal from HigherEdJobs has even given us five good reasons alumni should make the career consideration.

Five Reasons

1. One of the most poignant and persuasive from his list states that alumni already know the history of their school; they have seen first-hand what the experience at that particular place can offer.

2. College graduates who return to their alma mater as staff or faculty can tell new and nervous freshmen what to expect, both in the serious sense of curriculum and education as well as the fun activities and events actually worth participating in.

This is a benefit for the young, first-year students as much as it is a win for alumni, who can now enjoy the excitement all over again, vicariously, and be part of a united body all working toward larger yet diverse goals.

3. And this excitement, of course, leads to increased productivity. Jackal refers to a recent study which proves that when employees see how their efforts have an effect on others, their production level skyrockets and generally they are more willing and focused while on the clock.

4. If alumni are hired as enrollment counselors at their university, for example, they have the opportunity to directly inspire and encourage fresh recruits to keep at their classes, study diligently, and be involved in the college community in a bigger way.

5. These alumni staff members in turn will work harder and with a brighter smile because they witness immediate, positive effects in the lives of those they are helping to pursue their dreams and ambitions.

Know any college graduates who are struggling at their current careers or just cannot find any suitable positions out there in this improving but still frustrating economy?

Pass this message on to encourage them to look into careers at their alma mater. Of course we can’t guarantee they’d be a guaranteed shoe-in, but studies and statistics these days are showing the odds are definitely in their favor.


“Career Services: Hiring opportunities for alums abound.” GCU Today. N.p., 25 Aug. 2015. Web. 29 Jan. 2017.

Jackal, Justin. “5 Reasons Why You Should Work At Your Alma Mater.” HigherEdJobs – Jobs in Higher Education. N.p., 8 Jan. 2016. Web. 29 Jan. 2017.

“The circle of GCU life – from student to colleague.” GCU Today. N.p., 11 Jan. 2017. Web. 29 Jan. 2017.

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