Writing recently for the Daily Telegraph, Radhika Sanghani succinctly argues that every woman should be part of an Old Girls' network.
While Old Boys' clubs have been around forever, Old Girls' clubs are a relatively new phenomenon. Sanghani remarks that while not a natural networker, membership of her former school's Old Girls' network enabled her to lose her fear of reaching out to people - an essential skill for any reporter.
Since turning freelance after a long career break, I too have discovered the importance of networking and maintaining connections. Had I not been prepared to put myself out of my comfort zone and network, I simply wouldn’t have picked up any work. Since returning to the workplace, I have met and re-connected with some truly inspirational women who have provided advice, encouragement and comradeship. If I’d had the opportunity to join an Old Girls’ club, I certainly would have done.
While no forward thinking professional would support a network that might be perceived as privileged or nepotistic, any organisation which helps young people build connections and find mentors can only be a good thing.
With the rise the gig economy and flexible working, many people are predicting that the typical workplace of the future will resemble a coffee shop more than an office. It is highly likely then that networking groups will play an increasingly important role in the professional lives of Millennials and Generation Z.
Why every woman should be part of an Old Girls' network Radhika Sanghani is a member of her former school's Old Girls' network 26 JUNE 2017 • 5:13PM Old Boys’ Clubs have been around for so long that they are officially part of our lexicon. What was once a phrase used solely to refer to school alumni is now synonymous with a network of men “regarded as prestigious or influential, whose members provide each other with assistance or preferential treatment.” Look for a similar definition of Old Girls’ Clubs and your search will come up blank. The idea of a group of well-connected and influential women helping each other professionally is still so new that it has barely entered our dictionaries, let alone society. But one woman is hoping to change that.