The 2023 Level Up series kicked off on September 26 with the Level Up Young Alumni Mixer at the Orange Snail Pub on Keele Campus. Hosted by Young Alumni Ambassadors Ali Rushdi (MBA ’19) and Avreen Kochhar (BHRM ’19), the event invited York alumni back to campus for an evening of food, drinks, music and a chance to meet other alumni to grow their professional and social networks.
To encourage networking amongst those in attendance, the evening included an icebreaker game of “Alumni Bingo,” which was a big hit for the attendees and allowed guests to branch out and meet new people.
One of the young alumni in attendance, Michael Pious (ECON ’20), shared his thoughts on the event. “I loved attending this networking event. I got a chance to learn so much from other alumni and what they are doing with their professional lives and their hobbies,” said Pious. “I also got to make connections with people I would not have met. Young alumni can make friends with like-minded people and even mentors from attending events like these.”
The Young Alumni Mixer marks the first Level Up series event for 2023-24 calendar, with events scheduled for the fall and winter terms. Level Up brings recent graduates together to grow and develop professional and personal networks, featuring alumni guest speakers who help recent grads in their career and life journey. The event series covers a broad range of topics that young alumni can use in both their professional and personal lives, as can be seen in the upcoming fall webinars, “Becoming an Entrepreneur: Young alumni panel and Q&A” on October 17 and the “Working Abroad Alumni Panel” on November 7.
“Hearing from the various experts and alumni speakers on timely matters such as buying your first home, filing a tax return, or tips for entrepreneurs and growing your business, presents alumni with the opportunity to become knowledgeable on topics of interest or relevance to them, while also offering a community of support,” says Kochhar. When discussing what recent grads can gain from the Level Up series, Kochhar cites the value in learning from alumni leaders who have gained valuable life and work experience. As she explains, “what you gain from such events can vary based on what you set out to achieve and the effort you put forward, but having access to a wide range of people you can learn from is certainly a key benefit in my view.”
Click here to learn more about the Level Up series, including recordings from past events, and check out the upcoming Level Up events for the 2023-24 year.