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21 March 2022

King's Business School speed networking returns

Students benefit from careers advice of alumni who were once in their shoes

All photos by Nathan Clarke.

On 15 March the King’s Business School Alumni Team hosted its first Alumni and Student Speed Networking event since the COVID lockdowns. The evening brought together 60 students and 20 alumni with the aim of giving students the chance to learn about different roles and career paths while building their professional networking skills. The alumni, who came from a wide range of industries, had the pleasure of revisiting campus, meeting fellow alumni and sharing their knowledge and expertise with current King’s Business School students.

The evening began with a pre-session Networking Skills Scrum led by King’s Business School Career Consultant Leslie Parsons to help students brush up on basic networking skills and boost their confidence before the event. During the hour of intensive speed networking that followed, conversations ranged from applying for your first job, advice on dissertation plans, the qualities and skills needed for certain roles and much more.

There was a great energy and buzz in the room. Our alumni shared their success stories but also talked about the challenges they had overcome. Many students said that hearing from people who had once been in their shoes helped them to feel less anxious about their career journey beyond King’s. They were also excited to have made these new, meaningful connections.

Shelby Staub, Alumni Coordinator, King’s Business School

One alumna who attended took part in the speed networking event commented on how enjoyable it was to meet with students: 

The opportunity to meet a diverse range of passionate students is refreshing and inspiring, and it is always a pleasure to see students actively taking steps in their careers and engaging with resources such as the speed networking event.

Rane Bhagtiani, Human Resources Management & Organisational Analysis MSc, 2019

Participating in events and activities to support our students, such as the King’s Business School speed networking event, is recognised as alumni volunteering and part of our Global Day of Service. Our flagship annual Day of Service, when students, staff and alumni take part in a range of volunteering activities across the world, is on 25 March, but any volunteering done during March contributes to our volunteering hours and demonstrates the positive impact the King’s community has in London and around the world.

Alumni volunteering really makes a difference for our students. If you would like to get involved in future activities, please contact the King's Business School Alumni Team, Jina An, Alumni & Stakeholder Engagement Manager at and Shelby Staub, Alumni Coordinator at for more information.