I work at at a tech education charity in the UK, managing our community of students.
About 20,000 students across the UK go through our tech product design course each year, taught in their schools by their teacher. I’m building a community for alumni students (14-18) who are keen to further their skills, knowledge and experience in the tech industry.
After a year, our community is at ‘inception’ - with about 50 active members and a wider membership of 380. Retention and rapport is high; once students join and become active, they tend to stick around - and some have been deeply involved in shaping the offer.
Now, we’re working to grow the community, building structures for scale in a way that’s sustainable. Many things we do are still ‘hand cranked’ - if we had too many students join right now, it would break!
I’ve grown communities in previous roles, but this one is by far the most challenging. We have a large pool of potential members and very limited resources. I need to be smart, and make those resources go a long way.
I’ve joined this group to learn from others who’ve been there, and to share my own experience. I will post a question in the ‘what we’re working on’ thread. Look forward to getting to know you all!