KGS Friends City & Professional Networking Event

Alumni

Last year I had been invited to a “career in Financial Services” KGS Friends networking event, enabling current senior pupils to meet financial services professionals as they thought about their future career and study paths. It became clear during that evening that KGS has some very illustrious parents and alumni working in the City, and the evening was a huge success both from a parent networking and student education standpoint.

I was therefore thrilled to be invited to a KGS Friends networking drinks event in the City on the 3rd November, aimed at both KGS parents and Alumni, working in the city. It turned out to be an equally outstanding event. Katie and her KGS colleagues made sure everyone was introduced to one another and got people stuck into the food, wine and conversation. Having KGS as a common point is a great icebreaker for a group of people who have never met each other. I was the only KGS current parent (everyone else was a KGS alumni), and it was interesting to compare and contrast how things have changed in the school over time (not very much on the basis of what I heard – it clearly was, and still is, an excellent school). The event was attended by a broad range of professionals from senior traders to young lawyers just starting out, consultants, bankers and wealth managers. Everyone had experiences and thoughts relevant to someone else, and I lost track of the amount of times I heard things like “I have worked on generation transition issues with large families – lets have lunch and I can share my experiences with you” or “I have some clients who could do with some input in your area of expertise – would you mind if I introduced them to you?”.

The evening for me was a great success, and I would encourage parents to engage with the KGS Friends alumni and parent’s networking events. The School provide a very strong bond and basis for people to interact, exchange ideas and network.

Thor Askeland (Current 3rd Year Parent)