Alumni networks are powerful - they connect people, enable collaboration, provide members with a platform for sharing, mentor ideas and people, spark new and creative thinking. These are vibrant communities that support members personal and professional development throughout the course of their lives.
Over the years LOBA has established itself as a dynamic organisation. It has brought over 50 batches across generations under a single network. The LOBA International Network (LINK) is its new initiative that has been conceived to singularly focus on the benefits that a former Loyolite can derive from his own network. In the past, LOBA’s effort were aimed to doing good to society, giving back to the school and its staff so on. While that would continue, LINK will make bonds among its members stronger and meaningful.
LINK’s aim is to take advantage of the network -be it for you, your business, your family or even for our friends. In order to leverage the power of the Alumni network LOBA has tied up with FlockForge, a start-up specialising in Alumni network websites, to help build a digital platform. Our idea is to use this web/digital platform to further LINK’s objectives.
BENEFITS FOR LOBA MEMBERS
Business Networking - Every professional-turned entrepreneur or businessman will agree that they wouldn’t mind any sort of help to give their business a fillip. Most will agree that its time that we pulled our collective weight and did something beneficial for ourselves. Can this network of 4000 (add friends and family to this and the number would swell to about 10,000) help find new business opportunities?
Academic / Mentoring - Alumni are great role models for current students and are often well placed to offer support to students as they start their careers. Be it help to choose optimal paths to the right careers, to choosing the right course/colleges, Alumni can mentor youngsters, during their most important phases of life. Even Loyolite’s children can benefit from this strong network. A mentorship programme would be a first step towards this.
Career - If you find yourself in a spot of bother with your current job, there could be someone in the LOBA network can also provide younger students with job opportunities or internships thanks to networking among Alumni. Who knows, who knows whom?
Health - Advice at the right time from a know Doctor is almost heaven sent. Imagine that feeling when you know that you can trust your loved ones in the care of a Doctor who is known to you. Thanks to the network you could be connected to hundreds of such specialists. Sometimes even an advice from an expert sitting abroad could make a huge difference to us. Would you like to tap into this group?
Other Benefits - Alumni discounts at local retailers, resorts or restaurants. Even our own members’ running such businesses can offer similar benefits to fellow members.
We intend to also introduce a LINK/LOBA membership Card that could help streamline this network and the processes. Of course we could think of and implement many more ideas that would benefit members. Yes, we would need your help and suggestions to take this forward.