Sixth-form students at Burgess Hill School for Girls attended the school’s annual networking dinner recently. The ‘Practising Business Rapport’ event commenced with a drinks reception in Oaks Hall followed by a dinner prepared by the school’s catering team.
Guests were invited from a range of professional backgrounds and included: Tim Loughton MP; Dr Berthouze from the Neuroscience School of Engineering and Informatics; Sarah Bailey, HR manager for Apple for Western Europe and India: Paula Lacey, global franchise director for EasyHotel Plc; and local fashion stylist and director of Dandylion Style Tailors, Igor Srzic Cartledge.
The girls handed out specially commissioned business cards with a quote of their choice on the back.
Head girl Sally Emerson said: “In an increasingly competitive world of work, our networking skills are becoming more and more important. The dinner was an exciting opportunity to develop our confidence in engaging in conversations with professionals and enabled us to gain an insight into a huge variety of career paths. I am now looking forward to following up the connections I have made to further explore my future career options and have been provided with an excellent opportunity in engineering.”
The after-dinner speaker was Naomi Bowman, a banking and capital markets strategist. She has worked on some of the most prominent banking administrations, integrations and mandatory regulatory changes in recent years. In July 2014, Naomi was nominated and awarded the national Women in the City – Future Leaders Award.
Headmistress Kathryn Bell said: “This event provides our sixth-form students with an opportunity to network with individuals who are at the top of their field from a wide variety of industry and sector backgrounds. The girls gain an insight into careers and professions that interest them. It helps to build their confidence in social situations and they receive invaluable advice and guidance that will make a real difference to their futures.”
Donations made on the night totalled more than £800 towards The Princes Trust, a charity which helps disadvantaged young people launch their own businesses through The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme.