We need your help. Below are some of the ways you can currently volunteer to support Goldsmiths and its students.
Students particularly appreciate hearing from alumni when they are thinking about their future careers. The Alumni Office works closely with Careers Service and academic departments to ask alumni back to inspire students.
For any of the opportunities below, please email alumni (@gold.ac.uk) specifying which volunteer opportunity you are interested in and your current job details (organisation, position and industry).
Department-based speaking opportunities
Department of English and Comparative Literature (ECL) Alumni | Thursday, 6 December 1-2pm
ECL is looking for alumni to join second and third year students for a facilitated chat as part of their Practical Academic Skills and Strategies provision. The session will be informal and relaxed with ECL alumni speaking about the highs and lows of life after university. Refreshments and nibbles will be provided. If you can't make 6 December, there will be another session on Wednesday, 24 January 2019.
Department of Sociology Alumni | Tuesday, 6 November, 6-7pm
The Careers Service in collaboration with the Sociology department is looking to source three former Sociology students for a panel with diverse career patths. The session will be 30 minutes for you to talk about what career path you took on after leaving Goldsmiths with your degree in Sociology, followed by informal networking with students.
Industry or skills-based speaking opportunities
Alumni working in banking, finance or economics | flexible dates in mid-November and late February, 6-7pm
The Institute of Management Studies is looking for alumni from any department working in banking, finance or economics to return to campus and speak with third year students about employability in their industry. This will involve doing a short presentation about your work and organisation followed by a Q&A.
Alumni who can give practical job application and interview advice | Friday 8 February 4-5pm | Friday, 1 March 4-5pm
The Careers Service in collaboration with the Institute of Management Studies are looking for alumni who can speak to students about the following topics:
- Friday, 8 February 4-5pm: Developing an online presence, using LinkedIn and social media
- Friday, 1 March 4-5pm: Introduction to case interviews, assessment centres and psychometric tests
Debate series: Goldsmiths Connect Presents...
Goldsmiths Connect Presents is a three part series of debates themed around specific sectors. Each event features a panel of alumni debating the most topical questions facing their sector followed by a Q&A and an informal networking session.
The themes and dates for the next two debates will be annouced here. In the meantime, if you aren't on Goldsmiths Connect yet, sign up to access our directory of alumni.
Around the World in 7 Days volunteer
Around the World in 7 Days is our signature event series. During a single week every May, volunteers host and attend regional events and gatherings, wherever they are in the world. For more information about the series and how you can volunteer, please see the dedicated page.
Our alumni network is a great way to keep in touch with fellow alumni and continue your relationship with Goldsmiths. Alumni Ambassadors are our primary points of contact between Goldsmiths and alumni based around the world. They help us to develop vibrant local networks of alumni and integrate new and relocating alumni into local activities to make them feel a part of the wider Goldsmiths community.
Please note that we are currently not recruiting new Alumni Ambassadors. If you are interested in becoming an Alumni Ambassador in future, please email alumni (@gold.ac.uk) so that we can get back to you if an opportunity arises in your area.
Recruitment fair volunteer
Would you like to share your experience of studying at Goldsmiths or help us promote Goldsmiths in your city? Join staff from Goldsmiths Student Recruitment Team throughout the year, all over the world at a university fair to answer questions from prospective students about your time here.
For any regional volunteer opportunities, get in touch to find out more: alumni (@gold.ac.uk).
There is also the opportunity to offer one-to-one mentoring to students and alumni at all stages of their careers. E-mentoring is open to all, but we are currently looking for e-mentors with the following expertise:
- Visual Arts
- Museums and Galleries
- Arts Administration
- Career Planning
Email alumni (@gold.ac.uk) to find out more.
Offer placements or internships
A number of programmes at Goldsmiths offer students the chance to undertake a work placement as part of their studies, and it makes sense that it is our former students who get to host these placements. This means offering relevant opportunities to students and getting the return benefit of having helped nurture future talent within your own sector.
We also welcome paid internships, and if you are a small- or medium-sized enterprise, we may be able to offer subsidies in collaboration with Santander.
If you are interested in offering a work placement or an internship, email alumni (@gold.ac.uk) and we will put you in touch with one of our colleagues in the Careers Service.
Share the experiences that characterised your time at Goldsmiths and let students know how it shaped the things you have gone on to do since.
Graduate profiles allow us to share successful alumni career stories, promote the University programmes to prospective students and inform current students about how their degree can help with their career after they leave Goldsmiths. You can see some of the graduate profiles online.
We are currently seeking profiles from recent graduates. Please consider giving 15 minutes of your time to complete the graduate profile form. Email alumni (@gold.ac.uk) to find out more.