Our girls are well aware of the wealth of talent that has gone before them: from mountaineers and TV presenters to artists, scientists and entrepreneurs, our former students regularly return for talks and visits in order that they may pass on their knowledge, experiences and expertise. It is enormously powerful and only happens because our former pupils are more than willing to inspire others as they were inspired themselves. Hearing from female role models engaged in a wide variety of fields is absolutely vital.
The interconnection of Alumnae and Careers Departments is a very new initiative, even in the US, and we are excited to be at the forefront of developing this for our girls! The key areas that Careers and Alumnae Departments liaise on are alumnae visits, alumnae connections with individual students for mentoring and careers advice, and alumnae supporting the mock interview programme. We regularly hold alumnae lunches where small groups of Year 12 are invited to lunch with the speaker prior to their presentation to a wider audience. Subject staff also make arrangements for alumnae to visit lessons and talks, as well as inviting them to speak as part of our academic lecture programme. We have recently created a new Sixth Form prefect role of ‘Alumnae Prefect’ in order to increase networking opportunities for current pupils.
The Oxbridge Life and Uni Life events are extremely successful. We welcome back Oxford and Cambridge students to speak to Year 11 and Year 12 and for Uni Life welcome back alumnae who speak honestly to the whole of Year 12 as a panel, and in smaller discussion groups, about all aspects of life stepping from Queen’s to university.