Derby High sixth formers learn the art of networking

Derby High School invited businesses to a special evening which would encourage their pupils to network

Lessons in how to network were on the timetable for Derby High School sixth formers.

Members of the local business community were invited to a VIP networking event to meet students. Girls from the upper sixth hosted the evening in the sixth form building at the school in Hillsway, Littleover.

Representatives from a range of organisations attended including Toyota, Rolls Royce, Pick Everard, Derby University and smaller local businesses such as JC Hotels and Mercia Image Print.

Prior to the event, Claire Twells, from Smith Partnership, ran a workshop during which she gave students advice about how to network successfully.

Sixth former, Ellie Holden, said the event was a great introduction to networking: “The session beforehand with Claire was really useful. She gave us an overview of the evening and talked to us about questions we could ask and how to start and end a conversation. I have not done anything like this before, only perhaps when I’ve visited universities, but that has been with people my own age.”

“I think that networking is very important and I think I was more able to do it than I thought I would be. Even if the people I was talking to weren’t in the particular field I am interested in I still found it useful as we were talking generally about problem-solving and how our education helps with that,” added Ellie.

Alec Lee, Head of Sixth Form at Derby High School, said: “This was the perfect time to hold this event coming just a week after our successful careers fair.  We emphasise the Derby High family approach to careers guidance and it was great to see so many former students, parents and other partners and friends of the school represented at these events.  As always, the sixth formers gave an outstanding account of themselves.”

The networking event is run annually as part of the school’s Truly Educated course, during which upper sixth girls learn real-life skills including how to build a brick wall, mend a puncture, perform basic checks on a car and build and assemble flat-pack furniture.