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.