The School’s Development Office continues to forge strong links with alumni worldwide via a programme of social and business meet-up opportunities.
Over the past few weeks, we have been running online events for alumni to give them the opportunity of meeting up and sharing news. These Zoom catch-ups have been very popular.
Jim McDougall, Depute Rector: Alumni and Development, said: “As far as possible, we want to make it an informal, café style atmosphere for the social events. We now a have group of regulars who swap anecdotes about school days. These will continue fortnightly on Tuesday mornings, 11 to 12 noon, from 30th March.
“We also had a North America Zoom call which embraced alumni from California, Texas, New York, Massachusetts and Michigan. This just would not have been feasible in a real event, so there are definite advantages in online events. It was great to see the two New Yorkers, who had never met before, arrange their own meeting in the city – a spin off advantage!”
Some of our regular Alumni events are more career focused. We recently held a medics’ get together and last week we hosted the first of our Hutchie Young Business Network events.
Mr McDougall said: “The medics’ event was open to any alumni involved in medicine or related fields, and we had a good range of experience and medical expertise represented. Not all the stories were Covid-related, despite everything, and there was a fruitful exchange of stories from the wards and consultation rooms. It was good to see some of our younger FPs who have just graduated from medical school and now working in hospitals across Scotland.
“The Hutchie Young Business Network events bring together younger alumni interested in business start-ups, finance, and economics. They are for students, recent graduates and current pupils interested in a business career. Last week’s meeting involved a very stimulating discussion about influencer marketing, doing business in Scotland and what it takes to run a business.
“There was a consensus that some sectors had been hit very badly by the lockdown while others had benefitted. One budding entrepreneur from S6 gave his insights into the importance of personal goals and being focused on opportunity.”
The school plans to build on these networking event and on April 8th Mr McDougall will host a fireside chat with Declan McLaughlin, C2014. Declan is Business development manager for BackHug, a company dedicated to healthy living and wellness. Declan is also active in StartUpGrind, a global community of start-up companies, founders, innovators, and creators.
Further business and other networking events are planned for the summer term. Please contact Jim McDougall in the Development Office for more information. Mcdougallj@hutchesons.org