Alumni calling

Shoaib Islam

This year I had the amazing opportunity of being able to get involved with the alumni calling campaign at Durham and I have learned so much! It may sound intimidating, but it’s much more than just calling up people and asking them to donate.

Over the course of 4 or 5 weeks we would each meet on teams, as our campaign was taking place online, and get ready for the next session of calling. We got to debrief, prepare, and share successes from the previous shift and receive feedback on any calls we had carried out.

Throughout the period I was on the campaign I had the opportunity to speak to so many alumni in so many different stages of their life, from recent graduates to retiring graduates. I learned about their life stories, what they had spent their lives doing and working on. This not only broadened my perspectives on different career paths but also taught me a lot about how people’s lives can change over time in terms of work.

Simultaneously I was also able to help raise money for funds widely used by the university to help support students which was rewarding and made my time working on the campaign that much more meaningful.

Overall, it was a great experience, and I would highly recommend getting involved. I was able to learn and take home some valuable skills, communicating to clients as well as through the intensive training weekend. It’s also a great way to interact with people who have been through everything you’re about to go through in terms of university and careers, as well as gaining an insight into different people’s lives.

If this sounds like something you would like to get involved with, read more, and apply.

Shoaib Islam

My name’s Shoaib and I’m second year biologist studying at University College. I’m a hill-walking enthusiast, I love getting involved in all sorts of projects within my college and community and I love constantly getting to meet new people through all parts of my life, it’s the best part about being at such a large university with so many things going on all the time!


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