Our fourth programme ran from February to May 2018
Meet a Mentor is delivered in partnership with Create Jobs.
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.
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
Session 1 - Thursday 22nd February 2018
Session 2 - Wednesday 14th March 2018
Session 3 - Wednesday 18th April 2018
Session 4 - Wednesday 16th May 2018
The Meet a Mentor 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. Mentees offer mentors a chance to engage with a younger generation of creatives, impart valuable wisdom and learnings and holistically understand what the new generations bring and the challenges they face when entering the creative 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.
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
Thursday 22nd February 2018
'My job, my journey'
In the first session of the fourth programme, mentees and mentors were welcomed to the programme and the venue space, A New Direction and Somethin' Else. The mentees and mentors were introduced to each other before settling down get to know each other and set goals. The session included a networking section, which encouraged the participants get out of their comfort zones, introduce themselves to new people and hone their networking skills. The evening ended with a talk and lively debate with Ade Rawcliffe, Head of Diversity for ITV. In a talk titled, 'My Job, My Journey' spoke honestly about her hard work and career trajectory and set out her hopes for the television sector of the creative industries.
Wednesday 14th March 2018
'How I got here'
The second session of the fourth programme took place at the spacious and very impressive offices of George P. Johnson with a dynamic presentation from the company's MD Jason Megson. Our mentee/mentor pairings caught up with each other, discussed challenges and set useful action plans for the next month. One of our mentors, Daryl Fielding, CEO of the Marketing Academy Foundation ran an engaging introductory session on Understanding Brands, using her experience in the field to relate how brands function to relevant roles in the creative industries and to personal brands. The evening ended with a poem and talk from Poet and DJ, James Massiah.
Wednesday 18th April 2018
'Is it a no forever or a not for now?'
Our third session kicked off at the incredible Google offices in London. Mentors and mentees explored the inspiring and quirky space whilst catching up with each other. Our skill session for the evening was an interactive session run by one of our mentors, Naana Orleans-Amissah, Head of Global Strategy at Crabtree & Evelyn. The evening ended with a talk by Jamz Supernova, DJ and BBC 1Xtra presenter on the lessons she's learnt throughout her career.
Wednesday 16th May 2018
'How your experiences can create your purpose'
We hosted our fourth and final session at the V&A museum. We started the session with a mentor and mentee catchup and handed the mentees back their goals for the programme so that they could check off their successes, talk through any changes and create new goals. The group fed back with success stories and smaller victories. This was followed by an interactive session with Will Worsdell, Co-Founder and Strategy Director at The Park. The evening ended with an honest and relatable talk by Sereena Abbassi, the Head of Culture and Inclusion at M+C Saatchi on how your experiences can feed into your work.
If you're interested in mentoring, need a career-related motivational pep talk or are thinking about taking part in the next programme and are curious about what we get up to, check out the below:
Lucy Wood, mentor
'I’m very glad to be able to help a younger generation try to climb that ladder, particularly now that I’ve got such a firm foothold and I’m in a bit more of a position to advise & support. It’s a nice feeling to be able to use your experience and contacts to help good people.'
Hannah Godfrey, mentor
'It feels now like I’m part of a community of eager, talented, friendly, giving people.'
Cassandra Kyeyune, mentee
'I valued having such a comfortable and engaging space where I could meet with like-minded individuals on a similar career path to myself.'
Shamica Ruddock, mentee
'I feel like I’ve managed to get a lot of confidence through this programme purely because we are being invited into spaces that usually feel so unattainable. Places that usually can be quite alienating no longer feel so. Just having the privilege to be in spaces you’d never imagine yourself to be really allows room to start believing that other things are possible.'
Clifford Buertey, mentee
'Having tried for many years to get into the creative industries to no avail, I am genuinely overwhelmed by the success I have been able to achieve through the support and guidance Meet a Mentor has provided me.'
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Logo: Lucy Carasco
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