Building networks at Redmaids’ High School

February 23 2018

Year 12 students at Redmaids’ High School were invited to attend a Networking Dinner with professional people from across the region at the end of January.

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Year 12 students at Redmaids’ High School were invited to attend a Networking Dinner with professional people from across the region at the end of January. The purpose was to make some new and exciting connections and also to practise the interpersonal skills needed to make the most of every social and professional opportunity that comes their way. 

Mrs Geeson, Head of Careers said: “Making conversation in professional networking situations can be nerve-wracking for any of us. By hosting a Networking Dinner here, we give our students the chance to work on soft-skills, such as taking an interest in other people's occupational perspectives, and making introductions between people they do not know or have only recently met.” 

Guests from a wide range of professions gave up their time to attend, among them doctors, graphic designers, orthodontists, engineers, journalists, barristers, lecturers and Bishopston Voice columnist, Hilary Douglas-Smith. They enjoyed welcome drinks in the School’s recently opened auditorium, Redland Hall, followed by a two-course meal, seated alongside girls with career interests in their particular field. 

A former Head Girl (class of 2012) Hannah Willmott, was the keynote speaker for the evening. She spoke about how to be successful in meeting new people, forming relationships and seeking new opportunities; entertaining us with amusing anecdotes for her own experience at Oxford University and from time spent in Barcelona. She is now a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company. 

Year 12 student Clara, who attended the event said: “It was an amazing evening that really helped me to think about the opportunities that are out there for me to take. Chatting to people from such a variety of professions made me realise there is no limit on how ambitious I can be!”