The Alumni and Professional Development Unit is part of the Alumni and Professional Development Center, and works to achieve an important goal to prepare alumni for professional life in a way consistent with the requirements of the labor market. The Unit's mission aims at qualifying alumni and preparing them to integrate into the labor market, providing them with support and guidance to enable them to benefit from appropriate career opportunities.  

In addition, the Unit promotes intimate and sustainable communication between the alumni and the university, as it aims to build a strong and sustainable relationship with the alumni by providing them with continuous assistance and support in their career path. 

The Unit finds it important to provide alumni services in a transparent manner and in full compliance with the rules of confidentiality and integrity. It operates on the principles of transparency and is keen to provide appropriate support and advice to those seeking its services. The Unit guarantees equal opportunities for all service seekers, without discrimination or preference.

The Unit’s Organizational Structure 

Unit’s Mission

To contribute to the preparation and development of the college alumni in a way that allows them to effectively meet the requirements of their work lives and to establish and develop sustainable relationships between the college, the university, and its alumni. 

Unit’s Objectives

  • Qualify and prepare the alumni for the labor market. 
  • Provide work opportunities for alumni in major companies and institutions. 
  • Cultivate a spirit of sustainable connection between alumni and the university. 
  • Provide a range of professional consultations for university alumni. 
  • Establish agreements with distinguished employers. 
  • Follow up alumni about their professional lives.  

Importance of the Unit

  1. Evaluate the quality of education: The Alumni Unit helps in evaluating the quality of education provided by the institution. By analyzing the Unit’s data, the college can determine the extent to which its educational goals are being achieved and improve educational programs to meet students' needs. 
  2. Improve educational programs: The Unit’s data can be used to determine the strengths and weaknesses of educational programs. The college can analyze this data and develop educational programs that meet the needs of students and the requirements of the labor market. 
  3. Improve employment opportunities: The Unit can help to improve employment opportunities for alumni. By analyzing the Unit’s data, the college can identify the skills and knowledge needed by the labor market and ensure they are available to students. 
  4. Enhance the institution’s reputation: The Unit can contribute to enhancing the institution’s reputation. Producing successful alumni desirable by the labor market reflects the quality of education provided by the college and increases its reputation and appreciation. 

The Unit’s Role in Directing and Developing Career Paths

The Unit is of highly importance in guiding and developing alumni’s career paths and helping them to move from the academic life to the labor market. This Unit is works as a bridge between the university and the professional world, as it provides support and guidance to the alumni to achieve their professional success and develop their skills. The Unit performs multiple roles to achieve its goals, including: 

  1. Provide career counseling: The Unit provides career counseling to alumni, helping them determine their career goals and guiding them in choosing appropriate jobs according to their qualifications and interests. 
  2. Organize job fairs: The Unit organizes job fairs to offer direct communication opportunities between alumni and employers, and to help them obtain suitable job opportunities. 
  3. Organize training courses: The Unit organizes training courses and workshops to develop alumni’s skills and to improve their personal and professional abilities, such as communication, leadership, and time management skills. 
  4. Build a network of professional relationships: The Unit helps alumni to build a network of professional relationships, as it provides them with opportunities to communicate with former alumni, employers, and institutions working in various professional fields. 
  5. Provide training and development opportunities: The Unit provides training and professional development opportunities for alumni, whether through internal training programs or through cooperation with external institutions. 

The Unit’s Services to New Alumni

The Unit's services include several important aspects aimed at supporting alumni in the transition from university to the labor market. Among these services are the following: 

  1. Vocational guidance: The Unit provides vocational guidance to new alumni, where they are guided in choosing their appropriate career paths and provided with advice on how to develop their skills and improve their chances of obtaining a job. 
  2. Training and workshops: The Unit organizes training courses and workshops aimed at developing alumni’s skills and improving their abilities in specific fields. These opportunities are provided to alumni to enhance their chances of getting a job and achieving professional success. 
  3. Career support: The Unit provides career support to new alumni by providing job opportunities and vocational training, and facilitating communication with employers and local and international companies. 
  4. Social networks: The Unit works to provide opportunities for alumni to communicate and get to know other alumni in similar professional fields, through conferences, events, and virtual communities. 

Strengthening Communication between Alumni and the Alumni Unit

Effective communication between alumni and the Alumni Unit is essential to achieve many benefits, such as providing job and training opportunities, exchanging knowledge and experiences, and enhancing belonging and loyalty to the educational institution. Communication between graduates and the graduate unit is through the following: 

  1. Create an electronic platform: An electronic platform can be created and made available to alumni and the alumni unit to communicate and exchange information and opportunities. Alumni can update their personal and professional information, search for job and training opportunities, and the Alumni Unit can post new news and opportunities. 
  2. Organize events and seminars: The Unit can organize events and seminars that bring together alumni, enhance communication and exchange of knowledge and experiences. These events can be an opportunity for alumni to get to know each other and expand their professional network. 
  3. Create a database for graduates: The unit can create a database containing alumni’s information updated periodically. Current alumni and recent alumni can view this information and connect with former alumni to benefit from their experience and obtain support and guidance.  

Strategies to Enhance Communication between Alumni and Faculty Members 

  1. Create social networks: Social networks can be created for alumni and faculty members, such as pages on social networking sites or platforms for alumni. These networks can be a platform for exchanging experiences and knowledge, providing job opportunities, and enhancing belonging and loyalty to the educational institution. 
  2. Organize events and activities: Events and activities can be organized that bring together alumni and faculty members, such as conferences, workshops, or networking meetings. These events can be an opportunity to exchange experiences and knowledge, provide job opportunities, and strengthen personal relationships between alumni and faculty members. 
  3. Establish guidance and follow-up programs: Guidance and follow-up programs can be created for alumni, where faculty members are appointed to follow up on their professional developments and provide support and assistance when needed. Alumni can also be directed to suitable job opportunities and provided advice in their career fields.

Training Workshops

No.

Year

Training Course

1 

2022 

Abundance or scarcity, the secrets of success in your professional life 

 

2 

2022 

Preparing for Work 

3 

2022 

Effective Time managament 

4 

2022 

Smart strategies  

5 

2022 

Time Managament as a concept 

6 

2022 

Finding time Under Pressure 

7 

2022 

How to Score 7 in IELTS 

8 

2022 

How to Write a Professional C.V. 

9 

2022 

Digital Circuits and Systems 

10 

2022 

After-Graduation Challenges  

11 

2023 

Professional Marketing  

12 

2023 

Tools for Work Life 

13 

2023 

Skills for Good Interviewing  

14 

2023 

Careers in Computer Science  

15 

2023 

Choosing Career Paths 

16 

2023 

Professinal Future; A Balance between Pressure and Planning 

17 

2023 

Skills of the Future  

18 

2023 

Finding a Job 

19 

2023 

Using Linkedin 

20 

2023 

Enhancing Child’s Creative Thinking 

21 

2024 

Crafting a CV 

22 

2024 

Communication and Soft Skills  

23 

2024 

Professional Codes of Conduct 

24 

2024 

Succeding in Interviewing  

25 

2024 

Group Work 

26 

2024 

Managing Time Effectively  

27 

2024 

Creating Financial Portfolio 

28 

2024 

Promoting Child Thinking Skills  

29 

2024 

Digital circuits and systems (Case study: Arduino Microcontroller)  

30 

2024 

How to Prepare for Work Life 

31 

2024 

Enhancing Income After Graduation  

32 

2024 

From a Preliminary to a Professional Linkedin Page 

33 

2024 

Formal Writing Style  

34 

2024 

IELTS: How to Improve my Score 

Contact Us

The Alumni Unit 
Email: CEDFJ.ALUMNI@iau.edu.sa 

Head of the Unit 
Email: swbaoola@iau.edu.sa 

Secretary of the Unit 
Email: hmalmorsa@iau.edu.sa 

Training Certificate Issuer 
Email: aralageel@iau.edu.sa 

Alumni Coordinator in the Early Education Department 
Email: fmessa@iau.edu.sa 

Alumni Coordinator in the English Department 
Email: NAGHOSNAH@IAU.EDU.SA 

Alumni Coordinator in the Physics Department 
Email: aaalhashmi@iau.edu.sa 

Alumni Coordinator in the Mathematics Department 
Email: falkhaldi@iau.edu.sa 

Alumni Coordinator in the Computer Department 
Email: mmmshammari@iau.edu.sa 

Published on: 13 March 2016
Last update on: 02 June 2024
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