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ALUMNI IMPACT STUDY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SUMMARY Getting to know the past to understand the present and plan for the future.


Study Summary

A new generation of world leaders is needed to face new global challenges in today’s fast moving, globalized environment.

This study was conducted

With over three billion of the planet’s population under the age of

by AIESEC Canada* from

30, there is a strong need to invest in globally-minded youth to

June to August 2010 with

lead the change the world hopes to see.

the goal to determine the

AIESEC is the world’s largest student-driven organization. Present in over 107 countries, the organization has been preparing leaders to overcome challenges promote cross-cultural leadership for the past 60 years.

impact that AIESEC Canada has made on its members and exchange participants. This



showcases an overview of

Through international internships, cultural experiences and

the main results derived

leadership roles, AIESEC continues to impact society on many

from the study.

levels through its various programs and through its focus on the development of the next generation.

RESEARCH DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS This is a qualitative and quantitative study. The quantitative section was analyzed through an online survey, and the qualitative features were extracted from interviews. The participants from the online survey and interviews were alumni from the 60s, 70s 80s, 90s, and 00s. Altogether, 234 alumni participated in the evaluation. This document represents only a portion of the study.



AREAS OF IMPACT LEADERSHIP 95% of AIESEC alumni believe in “socially responsible

leadership” and 89% believe that AIESEC develops “socially responsible leaders” around the world. 91% sometimes, often, or always assume a leadership role in

their work life or communities. 75% of alumni gave ratings between 8 to 10 (on a scale of

10) for their interest in attaining leadership roles in their communities, after their experiences in AIESEC.

22% of AIESEC alumni at


24% of AIESEC alumni at some point in their lives created their own company. The current total number of AIESEC

some point in their lives after



involved with NGOs. Only

entrepreneurs in Canada is 8%. •

Not-for-Profit Sector

7% of alumni at some point in their lives started a nongovernmental organization (NGO) or project focused on

2% of Canadians consider the non-for-profit sector as a preferred field in which

giving back to the community.

to pursue a career.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 74% of alumni rated between 8 to 10 (on a scale of 10) the positive impact that their AIESEC experience has had on their lives. • Canadian AIESEC alumni all developed or acquired the following 12 skills: leadership, entrepreneurship, strategic thinking, planning, budgeting, project management, time management, innovative thinking, effective communication, sales, team work, and networking skills. The skills that most members tend to develop through AIESEC are networking, leadership, project management, and strategic thinking. 37% of alumni acquired or further developed a new language through their AIESEC experience(s). •

• •




9 out of 10 AIESEC alumni believe that their awareness of global issues increased as a result of their experience in AIESEC.

60% of alumni feel more involved with their community after being involved with AIESEC.

Alumni indicated having developed the following 11 positive behaviours through AIESEC: having a global mindset, responsible


risk taking, being aware of global issues, understanding international orientation, adaptability to change, developmental/philanthropic

35% of AIESEC alumni

inclination, having team orientation, entrepreneurial participation,

were promoted from their

social responsibility, increased emotional intelligence, and proactive

first work positions in less


than a year and 66% were promoted in less than 2

The behaviours acquired or developed most often were: having a


global mindset, being aware of global issues, having international

orientation, being adaptable, and being socially responsible.

32% of AIESEC alumni started their professional

1 out of every 2 AIESEC alumni consider themselves first and


foremost a citizen of the world. •



80% of AIESEC alumni rated their interest in global issues from 8 to

53% of AIESEC alumni currently

10 (on a scale of 10) after their experience with the organization. •



74% of AIESEC alumni at some point in their lives have promoted





than 500 employees).

awareness about global issues. The most common issues of focus are: environmental problems, universal education, and gender


33% of AIESEC alumni are currently involved or work


with an NGO •

86% of AIESEC alumni sometimes or always participate in volunteer activities.

AIESEC Canada Phone: (416) 368-1001 Fax: (416) 368-4490 Email: Web: Registered Charity # 129835872 RR000

*This study was created and conducted by Danhalit Zamalloa for AIESEC Canada

AIESEC Canada Impact Study Professional Development Summary  

AIESEC Canada Impact Study Professional Development