Fostering Sidney’s next generation of changemakers.

The Young Alumni Programme exists to connect current Sidney students and recent graduates (alumni who graduated within the last 10 years) with the wider Sidney community to share careers advice, experience, and build impactful careers. We know how valuable an insider’s experience can be when you’re figuring out how your unique skills and talents can make a difference. The Young Alumni Programme ensures that all Sidney students can access this knowledge and explore their potential so that together we can be the next generation of changemakers.

Upcoming workshops

Saturday 24 June | How to unlock your leadership potential

Sharath Jeevan (Economics, 1994) |

Today, leadership is less about our formal title or position. It's about empowering others to reach places they wouldn't otherwise reach. Too often we find it hard to fully realise our true leadership potential, plateauing early in our careers. We therefore run the risk of never quite making the difference we seek to make to the lives of others. Learn how to unlock your leadership potential by developing areas of leadership that are often overlooked. Discover how to find great "Nurturers" in your life and career and how to nurture the potential of others.

Sharath is the world's leading expert on Intrinsic Leadership and advises organisations as diverse as L'Oreal, Skyscanner, the NHS, Imperial College, several national governments and leading global foundations. Sharath also teaches Intrinsic Leadership at both Cambridge and Oxford.

Join us from 2 - 5.30pm for an exclusive afternoon workshop to kickstart - or re-energise - your career. Followed by a drinks reception from 5.30 - 6.30pm in Sidney's gardens. Register to attend (in-person only).


Wednesday 25 October | 6 tips to get recruited and promoted

Pete Bricknell (Engineering, 1988) |

How do you get your first job? Your first promotion? What's the secret to successful communication? With over 30 years’ experience in consulting across 3 continents with the likes of Deloitte and Hitachi and scores of clients including Microsoft and the Bank of England, Pete Bricknell shares 6 tips to help you succeed better in the recruitment process and drive towards your first (and subsequent) promotions.

Join us in Mong Hall at 6pm for a talk with Q&A, followed by drinks reception. Register to attend online or in-person.



Mentoring can range from a quick response to a careers question to a zoom call or a meet-up over a coffee to learn from your mentor’s experience – it’s really up to you! 

To reach out to a mentor, simply email Lily Rivers at with a short message of introduction and your preferred contact email, and she will pass this information on to your mentor, who will make contact.

Helpful documents

Mentoring guide (published by the University of Cambridge) - for how to get the best out of your mentoring experience!
Safeguarding guidelines – advice and support to stay safe whilst networking.