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Think you don’t have an inspiring story to tell? Think again…

Remember what it was like when you were at Leicester College? If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice what would it be? Is there anything you would say to encourage yourself to work harder, or have more confidence in your abilities?

We’re betting the answer is yes.

We need our alumni to speak to our learners on a real and practical level to assure them that what they are doing is worthwhile and that getting their college qualification is possible.

Here are a few things to think about to help you realise your own inspiring story and prepare you for speaking to our learners.

Authenticity

We want our learners to realise that success is achievable through hard work and ambition. It means being honest about what it takes to be successful, there’s a lot of hard work involved, but also that the rewards are worth it.

Empathy

Think about what our learners need to hear or what you wish you had known when you were studying. Do you wish you’d taken advantage of certain parts of your course? Or did you hear a great piece of advice that inspired you and feel our learners need to hear it too?

Put things into perspective

You might think that our students have got the message by now – work hard, get good grades and you’ll find success. But it’s not always as simple as that. Some of our alumni know that not everything always goes to plan and life gets in the way. If you had to overcome any hurdles to get where you are today, you could be an inspiration to our students. If you had an experience which made you change your goals completely and start a new journey, that’s an inspiring story too. Whatever their circumstances, they need to know that success is possible and you might be the right person to make them realise it.

Find out more about how you can volunteer to speak to our students, here

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