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In mid-2014, eight young graduates from the UWA Business School got together. The result was one of the hottest networks in Perth for young professionals.
The Young Alumni Network (YAN) is open to all UWA Business School graduates under the age of 30. Established as a collaboration between the UWA Business School and its eight enthusiastic founders, the network hosts several events each year to assist its members with professional development.
Elise Marciano is the Annual Delivery Plan Coordinator at Woodside Energy. She is also Co-chair of the Young Alumni Network.
“Through our events, we connect, develop, partner and engage young alumni,” Elise says. “Each event includes a high calibre speaker talking to a topic of specific relevance and interest to young business alumni, in addition to networking with fellow alumni, and some current UWA Business School students.”
The YAN’s four events in 2015 comprised:
- FastTrack Your Career: a panel discussion supported and hosted by EY. Panellists Michael Rundus (EY), Courtney Lakstins (Clayton Utz) and Zion Ong (Alyka) spoke about their paths to significant early stage career success.
- Why First Impressions Count:a networking event at the Stables Bar featuring esteemed Executive Coach and Psychologist Lauren Hancock. Lauren shared her insights on why first impressions count, and how young alumni can maximise the impact of every first impression they make.
- Breaking into Business: a combined event with the Finance Association of Western Australia (FAWA). Simon Edmonds, UWA Business School graduate and soon-to-be Harvard MBA candidate, shared his journey from UWA to Wesfarmers to Harvard.
- Get Comfortable Getting Uncomfortable:a motivational talk held at The Western Australian Club featuring UWA graduate and accomplished mountaineer, Patrick Hollingsworth.
Elise’s YAN Co-chair is Kelvin Mahuka. Having completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the UWA Business School, Kelvin is now a Procurement Officer at Chevron.
“One thing that sets top universities apart is an alumni base that develops strong personal and professional connections between members. I believe we’ve taken the first step to achieving that with the UWA Business School YAN,” Kelvin said.
Next year, promise the YAN co-chairs, the network is set to grow even bigger. UWA graduates can ensure they get the latest news by updating their contact details here.