The Young Alumni Network (YAN) was created especially for ECU young alumni under the age of 35, or those who have graduated with an ECU degree in the past 10 years. We understand that going into the workforce after university can be daunting and the YAN can help you have a smooth transition from university life to working life.
The benefits are:
If you have further questions about the YAN or would like to provide any suggestions to help you maximise your experience with the ECU YAN, please contact our Alumni Relations Team or phone 6304 2980.
The YAN is governed by an Executive Committee that is staffed with enthusiastic and passionate volunteers who are committed to giving back to their alma mater by running activities, events and workshops that will benefit ECU’s young alumni cohort. They meet regularly and provide the strategic direction of the Network.
Chairperson and President
Claire completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Criminology at ECU and went on to complete a Master of Psychology (Clinical), graduating in 2014.
She is a registered psychologist currently undertaking a PhD in Psychology specialising in health behaviour change (again at ECU – she can’t seem to get enough of the place!) and is set to graduate in 2021.
Claire works as a sessional academic and research assistant where she marks undergraduate psychology assignments, and works on large review projects where she collates and evaluates the evidence on child health interventions and makes recommendations for best practice.
Claire joined the ECU YAN committee as she wants to help young graduates stay connected with the ECU community, and actively create ways for ECU alumni to build professional skills and networks.
Claire plays soccer for Sorrento FC and likes to spend time with family and friends. She also enjoys finding good places to eat and travelling. She is always thinking of that next adventure!
Gerard completed a Master of Business Administration at ECU and graduated in 2019. He currently works in the Consulting Industry as a Management Consultant at Halston Capital.
While pursuing his Master of Business Administration he spent a significant amount of time at ECU and during this time he thoroughly enjoyed the support provided by means of services, facilities, staff and great teaching faculty. It was also during this time that Gerard got a deeper understanding of the value of networking and how critical a role it plays in the job market of today. Hence, he always looked for an opportunity by which he could give back to ECU for the wonderful education and experience that he had.
The Young Alumni Network gave Gerard an opportunity to do exactly that while connecting with and helping as many graduates as possible the way he was helped by others before him to achieving their potential and navigating their careers post-graduation.
Gerard's hobbies include reading, music, and playing soccer whenever he gets the chance.
Precious graduated in 2016 from ECU with a Master of Professional Accounting. She is currently working as a Senior Accountant at Cor Cordis.
Kurt studied a Bachelor of Business Majoring in Marketing and Accounting and graduated from ECU in February 2018.
Kurt has been involved in the building and construction industry for almost all of his working life. He is an Area and Sales Manager for an Architectural Hardware Supplier. He services and maintains approximately 200 accounts who are predominately Architects, Designers and Manufacturers.
After graduating from ECU and continuing to work full-time, he felt that his university journey ended rather suddenly. Kurt knew he wanted to make more networks and maintain a professional body of contacts whom he could grow with, and seek helpful, relevant advice regarding career choices and opportunities. He also wanted to give back to a place where he studied for almost 7 years and was a large contributing factor for his professional development.
Gavin completed a Bachelor of Business degree in 2007 at ECU with majors in Finance & Accounting. He works for WorkClaims Australia.
Gavin attended the inaugural Alumni Awards night on 3 April 2019, after which he applied for a position on the YAN committee and was offered the Ambassador role.
Marnie graduated from ECU in 2016 with a Bachelor of Business (Event Management) and a Bachelor of Arts (Contemporary Fashion And Textiles).
Marnie works in the not-for-profit industry as an Events & Community Fundraising Coordinator. Her day-to-day involves raising much needed funds and awareness for people living with cystic fibrosis in WA.
She has always taken a great amount of pride in the university and stayed in touch with fellow alumni through the ECU Alumni newsletter and LinkedIn. She likes to keep busy and take on projects that will not only develop her own skills and knowledge, but also benefit others. Being on the ECU Young Alumni Network seemed like a great balance of opportunity for personal development and opportunity to support fellow alumni.
Marnie's hobbies include camping, sewing and cooking, but her favourite thing to do is to spend hours flicking through old records at a second-hand or antique shop. She finds really great records in the strangest places sometimes!
The Executive Committee is supported by a small team of volunteers who, whilst committed to the development and success of the Young Alumni Network, are not able to regularly attend meetings and events. Their diversity of thought and experience play an important role in ensuring the success of the program. Please email the YAN Executive Committee if you are interested in joining this program.
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