Last week, students at Norwich High School for Girls enjoyed a unique insight into a vast range of careers and industries at one of the school's Inspiring Females events.
Inspiring Females: Future You saw 18 inspirational women from across Norfolk, East Anglia and London share insights into their work and offer top tips for kick-starting a career with more than 140 girls aged 12 to 14.
The event brought together women working within a range of sectors, including medicine, engineering and law, as well as journalism, fashion, charity, and sport.
The guests, who all volunteered their time to attend, were asked to pitch their industries to the girls in a 1-minute challenge, before going on to 'speed mentor' small groups of girls in six fast-paced sessions.
This proved to be very popular with 96% of girls in attendance rating this as their favourite part of the afternoon, with many wishing they could have had even more time with the women in attendance.
The girls impressed the guests with their networking skills which were demonstrated at the end of the event in an informal session.
The panel of speakers also included two alumnae of the school: Hannah Springham, who works as a Television Executive Producer on programmes such as Top Gear and Pineapple Dance Studios, and Sami Haycox, who works for the Department of Exiting the EU.
One of the students who attended said, “I loved learning about different careers that I hadn’t thought about. The women were incredibly inspirational and they have worked so hard in their careers, doing something they feel passionate about and enjoy.”
Kirsty von Malaisé, Headmistress of the school, said ‘This was such a hands-on dynamic event: it was great to see how inspired the girls were and how they visibly grew in confidence from connecting with such amazing women.’
Siobhan Eke from the Inspiring Females programme said: “The goal of Future You was to have girls connect and speak with as many amazing women from all walks of life as possible. The school was buzzing and we are delighted so many fantastic ladies generously give of their time and energy.”
The Inspiring Females programme hosts a regular programme of events throughout the year, all with the aim of inspiring young women, connecting them with professional role-models and educating them as to what new movements are available in the world of careers.
The next events include a STEM focussed event at the John Innes centre in May, and the Inspiring Females Summit which will take place at OPEN in July.