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International Women’s Day 7th March 2017 Networking Event

Thursday, 16 March, 2017 -- Simon McGrahan

In honour of International Women’s Day in March, an evening was organised for the Sixth Form Girls and prospective students to meet with a panel of female Elthamians. The panel of six women with a range of careers, was facilitated by Mrs Sanderson. The forum was extremely interesting as each professional explained their journey into their specific careers, giving advice on how to stand out and strive in the workplace.

Annamaria Koerling, stressed the importance of making an impact with your employer, ensuring that you make yourself noticed by taking credit for your ideas and successes, and not to wait to be noticed, but rather vocalise your abilities and achievements.

Sophia Morrell is a political advisor to Jonathon Reynolds MP, a demanding position often male dominated and she also, similar to AnnaMaria emphasised the importance of making yourself known in the workplace and not to be intimidated by colleagues. Similarly, Alex Birch offered insightful advice about always saying ‘YES’ to new, exciting opportunities when they’re offered to you. Alex had an especially interesting job as Head of Exhibitions, Learning and Outreach for the Natural History Museum.

The range of voices on the panel was also interesting, for whilst Annamaria and Alex are more advanced in their careers, Corinne Wells and Ella Paterson were younger Elthamians who are enjoying success in their current positions with similarly diverse and interesting jobs. Corrine is employed as an Operational Meteorologist with the RAF, whereas Ella recently joined L’Oréal in working primarily in the PR division. Each had a different insight into their career paths, with Ella being the youngest on the panel and never having gone to University yet still being very successful and thoroughly enjoying her current position.

Overall, the evening was a huge success because of the variety of careers held by the panel.  The Elthamians offered specific advice for those considering entering similar career paths and also gave advice about how to excel in the workplace. The Networking session after the forum similarly enabled all of us to ask the panel members specific questions, to help us become more confident about our university and career choices.

Georgina Smith-Morgan

Deputy Head Girl