Career Development Evening 2010
"Chasing Change": A Fellowship Forum on How to Seize Opportunities
Fellowship Career Development Evening
Manchester Square Partners
16 March 2010
This first Fellowship mentoring evening aimed at Fellows in their twenties and thirties was a considerable success. Eighteen Fellows met in the exceptionally congenial surroundings of Manchester Square Partners' house in Old Burlington Street to share ideas in a series of workshop discussions: on entrepreneurship, on financial planning and on managing career transition. Jason Chaffer, Lindsey Clay, Duncan Gibson and Neil Ritchie were the Fellows who facilitated these sessions: conversation continued over food and wine afterwards (and in the pub after that). The numbers, the location and the format made the evening work particularly well, as a connecting and developing thread of open discussion in small groups.
Feedback on the evening was hugely positive:
Thank you so much for organising Tuesday's evening get together... I thought it was a fantastic evening both for meeting fellows and for receiving insight and wisdom into my own career and provoking some serious thoughts about it. I really can't thank everyone enough for making the time and taking the effort.
Thank you so much for your hospitality, expertise and kindness on Tuesday. I really enjoyed it and felt very inspired by the discussions... The experts were fascinating and it was so lovely of them to offer their time and expertise.
I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and I gained a lot from it... The three distinct rotations all complemented each other very well indeed. I enjoyed the entrepreneurship discussion because I like to think that one day I will work for myself and you rarely have the opportunity to speak to entrepreneurs so intimately.
I thought all of the speakers were incredibly motivational, inspirational and highly interesting. I can only speak for my group, but the general consensus was that it was a truly valuable evening, and a great chance to be able to pick the brains of some very successful individuals. I certainly learnt a lot and came away feeling more sorted in terms of work / life etc. I think everyone else felt the same.
I enjoyed what were most valuable sessions and benefited from the insights of everyone who participated - young and not so young. The informal - even intimate - format worked very well and was conducive to an atmosphere both candid and convivial.