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Getting to know you: "Alumnographics"

vendredi, 29 août 2014   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Eoghan O'Sullivan (Alumni Officer)
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This is the first post on our new AlumBlog. We hope to publish articles and opinion pieces from the alumni community here on a regular basis. If you'd like to submit a piece on any topic that has some Ecolint-related angle, please contact us:


When I took up the role of Alumni Officer last April I was entirely new to Ecolint. I actually think it's broadly a good thing for this job that I'm an "outsider", but it does mean I've had to immerse myself in your world as much as possible. June's Alumni World Reunion was a great opportunity to meet with many of you and I've just finished reading the recently published history of Ecolint, an enjoyable and entertaining overview of the ups and downs of the first ninety years.

Who? Where? When? What?

I also took advantage of the quiet summer months to take a deep dive into our alumni website. Aside from making a few changes on the site itself (feedback welcome!), I've been analysing our member database. Who are the alumni? Where do they live? How old are they? What do they do? There's a wealth of information captured via your member profiles. You can see some of the results of the analysis in the infographic below. (I thought the term "Alumnographic" was apt.)

Of course trawling through a database like this is no substitute for face-to-face conversations, nor does it provide the more personalised impressions that our new 90-9-90 project is generating. But it does throw up lots of interesting information about our alumni population as a whole (or at least the 6,000 or so that have registered as members of our web community).

A global community

Most of the information won't surprise anyone familiar with the Foundation. For example, the United States dominates as a current location, followed by Switzerland, France (notably around the Pays de Gex) and the UK. But it's interesting, for example, that while the US is home to the largest group of LGB alumni, for La Chât it's Switzerland that dominates. Elsewhere in Europe, the next most common home countries are the Netherlands and Sweden.

Those who graduated in the late 70s and early 80s are are biggest group of registered members, in the 45-54 age bracket, but 35-44 and 25-34 groups are not far behind. In terms of individual class year groups, for LGB the peaks are around the late 70s and early 80s, whereas for La Chât the groups in the late 90s have the most members.

Turning to professional activity, education and medicine figure strongly as career areas. We see, however, that medicine falls out of the top three for graduates from the late 80s to the early 00s, with banking and marketing/sales becoming popular.

Tell me more

One of my goals is to try to integrate our alumni community more closely into the day-to-day life of the school. An obvious starting point is the area of career guidance. For our current students finding out about the choices and paths their forerunners have taken can be very useful; and in some cases you might even be willing to provide additional advice or information relating to your specific areas of expertise.

It's with this in mind that we've made some changes to the member profiles on the website. We've removed some unnecessary fields and added some others, in particular asking about your post-Ecolint education. When you next sign in to the site, perhaps you could take a few minutes to update your profile, and in particular the educational and professional information. You can adjust whether or not other members can view your information - but it will help us to build a valuable bank of information that the guidance teams across our three campuses can use when advising your future fellow-alumni on where to go next.

A final note on names. The list of most commonly appearing names among alumni were generated not just from our 6,000 registered members, but from our entire electronic database of alumni, which runs to almost 30,000. I note that there has never been an Eoghan at Ecolint. Perhaps it's time for me to go back to school?!

[Click for a much bigger version of this image; or you can download a PDF version.]


Alumnographic 2014 


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Eric Anthony says...
Posted vendredi, 12 septembre 2014
Hi there. This is great - well done. Just a passing thought. It is clearly the case that many alumni have sent their sons and/or daughters to the School. Have we any idea of how many? I think it is quite possible as well that we may have had three generations of alumni. Who knows, there might even have been 4 or more generations? Any info you can provide on this would certainly interest me - and perhaps others too. Keep up the good work, and best wishes to you all, Eric Anthony

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