“In mid-April, five Y12 girls had the opportunity to attend the Women of the Future Event at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in Central London. This programme aims to integrate sixth formers with inspirational female ambassadors. Not only was it a fascinating place to be in – the Durbar Court was very exciting for the history students amongst us – but we heard from some motivational women.
The afternoon started with speeches from five women from completely different subject areas. They ranged from Junior Research Fellow in Physics at Oxford to a female football coach to the former Ambassador to Afghanistan who is now the Chief Operating Officer at the FCO. Each woman talked about their jobs and in particular, women in their line of work. After a short break – and some delicious muffins – the founder of the programme, Pinky Lilani, spoke to us. Having moved from India to London to get married, she has achieved many incredible things.
The main objective of the evening was to allow us to network with female ambassadors. There were hundreds from all different jobs and backgrounds - there were some jobs that I had never heard of! I have to say, a highlight of the evening was meeting the Private Undersecretary to the Duke of Cambridge. The ambassadors were only too happy to talk to us about our futures, what their jobs involved, how to cope with stress, how to do the right work experience, etc. It was a very beneficial evening and I think I speak for us all when I say we have profited greatly from the wealth of knowledge these women had.”
Rachel Cordery Y12