Meet a Mentor
We pair talented young creatives with industry professionals who work closely with their allocated mentee to help them get that bit further down the road in their chosen career path.
Since its inception in April 2016, we have worked with over 100 inspiring and passionate mentors and mentees from across the creative industries from content production, photography, fashion and marketing, film, PR, television, digital and product design, to event production, architecture and journalism.
We have had some great outcomes from these pairings which include jobs at Somethin’ Else, Kings College London, PTE Architects, BBC Radio 6 Music, VCCP, Cherry London and Siobhan Davies Dance, to name a few.
The Meet a Mentor format
The programme takes place over four months. Through a structured series of workshops and meetings, mentors offer mentees support, encouragement and advice on how to get that bit closer to employment in their chosen field in the creative and digital industries.
Each evening’s structured sessions comprise time for the mentor and mentee to spend together working on the mentee’s goals, a group task led by a creative professional (e.g. creative problem solving, pitching & presenting techniques, digital skills training) that all take part in, and end with a short TED-type talk from an inspirational speaker.
This programme is currently underway. For more information go to https://www.meetamentor.co/
“Hearing about different career paths and roles, being amongst likeminded people, meeting new people and having a support network sharing advice and tips is really invaluable”
- Kevin Allen (Mentee, phase 3)
“This is very special/ important work. I’m so glad you asked me to be part of this”
- Shanida Scotland, BBC Storyville (Mentor, phase 2)
“One of the best things about Meet a Mentor is the honesty with which people can talk about their career journeys and conundrums. Instead of high-gloss stories we can talk about the realities of building a creative career, and some of the barriers to success”
- Charlie Duffield (Mentee, phase 3)
“Not only was the match pretty much perfect in terms of career goals but mine and my mentor's relationship has really blossomed professionally and personally - it's been great to know that she will always be honest and constructive. Touching base once a month motivated me to be proactive and genuinely have some sort of progress to feedback to my mentor/ wider team”
- Antonia Odunlami (Mentee phase 2)
We are now halfway through our fourth programme and have a fantastic cohort of talented professionals working with some aspiring creatives.
David Akosim – Content Producer, Somethin’ Else
Ami Bennett – Exec Producer, Somethin’ Else
Ramy El Bergamy – On screen Diversity Exec, Channel 4
Steve Carrigan - Managing Director, Working Eye
Daryl Fielding – CEO, Marketing Foundation
Hannah Godfrey -Founder, Godfrey Group
Kate Higham – Facilities Director, Splice Post
Wayne Holloway – Writer/Creative Director
Kate Leaver – Journalist & Author
Naana Orleans-Amissah - Global Strategist, Crabtree and Evelyn
Elizabeth Vince - Industry Manager, Google
Gayani Wanigaratne - Commissioning Exec, ITV
Lucy Wood - Talent Buyer, Festival Republic
To read blogs from mentors and mentees, click here.