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Industry Mentoring Programme

The Industry Mentoring Programme at London College of Communication aims to encourage and support final year students and recent graduates in their transition from education to industry.

This voluntary programme matches LCC students and recent graduates of all disciplines with industry professionals to support their development as they enter the creative industries.

What are the potential outcomes for mentors?

  • Take a participatory step in shaping the creative industries of the future
  • Empower young talent to achieve their creative ambitions, regardless of their background or circumstance
  • Access to the London College of Communication's diverse mentor network
  • Access to emerging and diverse talent
  • Broaden networks and connections with world-leading creative university for teaching and research in design, screen and media: LCC students (+5k) and staff (+1k) and wider UAL alumni (+200k)​
  • Professional development and CV enhancement
  • Free mentoring training run by a nationally accredited trainer and facilitator​

Criteria for mentors:

  • You run your own creative practice or are a new-entry to mid-level creative working in the design, screen or media industries
  • You have a direct memory and experience of the issues students might be facing, thinking, or worrying as they approach graduation and make the step into the professional world.
  • LCC and UAL alumni are welcomed, but you don’t need to have studied with us to take part.
  • LCC, UAL aims to be an equal opportunities higher education institution embracing diversity in all areas of activity and positively welcomes applications from black and minority ethnic and female applicants.

Applications for the summer programme are now closed.


If you have any queries, please get in touch: graduates@lcc.arts.ac.uk

What are the benefits for mentees?

  • Work with your mentor to develop your future career ambitions
  • Develop your plan for a practice, studio or business
  • Build contacts and professional relationships while studying
  • Develop your skills in presentation, applications and interviews, communication and teamwork
  • Develop a greater understanding of the creative industries and your routes into industry
  • Increase your confidence in gaining employment in your chosen industry

Criteria for mentees:

  • Autumn programme: You must be either a current postgraduate student or recent MA graduate of LCC (1 year out).
  • Summer programme: You must be either a current Year 3 undergraduate student or recent UG graduate of LCC (1 year out).

Applications for the summer programme are now closed.


If you have any queries, please get in touch: graduates@lcc.arts.ac.uk

What is the Industry Mentoring Programme?

My mentor has been absolutely fantastic! From allowing me to shadow him at work and through meetings, to offering me summer employment – I have gained invaluable professional advice and experience that I never would have imagined beforehand.

— Annie Croll MA Public Relations graduate
Gaining industry knowledge and experience through a mentor is a great opportunity. It can speed up the whole process, and help the mentee be more focused and targeted in his or her approach.

— Laura Colapietro Associate Director at ING Media

Stories

  • Mentoring Spotlight: Preeti Buljhoo x Jonathan Paterson
    Image taken from 'Bridging the Gaps', a publication on research and public engagement in the Media School developed by students on MA Publishing at London College of Communication.

    Mentoring Spotlight: Preeti Buljhoo x Jonathan Paterson

    MA Publishing graduate Preeti Buljhoo and her mentor, editor and journalist Jonathan Paterson, discuss their experiences of taking part in LCC's Industry Mentoring Programme.

  • Mentoring Spotlight: Karl-Lydie Jean-Baptiste x Melissa Quashie
    Examples of work from Karl-Lydie's MA portfolio. Image credit: Karl-Lydie Jean-Baptiste.

    Mentoring Spotlight: Karl-Lydie Jean-Baptiste x Melissa Quashie

    We chat to MA Public Relations graduate Karl-Lydie Jean-Baptiste and her mentor, publicity manager Melissa Quashie, about their experiences of taking part in the LCC Industry Mentoring Programme.

  • Mentoring Spotlight: Sheida Kiran x Aileen McCracken
    Image credit: Still taken from ‘Harvesting Our Tea’, 2021 - Sheida Kiran.

    Mentoring Spotlight: Sheida Kiran x Aileen McCracken

    We chat to MA Documentary Film student Sheida Kiran and her mentor, series producer Aileen McCracken, about their experiences of taking part in the LCC Industry Mentoring Programme.

  • Mentoring Spotlight: Wendy Xiuwen Chen x June Mineyama-Smithson
    Image credit: Wendy Xiuwen Chen, MA Graphic Media Design.

    Mentoring Spotlight: Wendy Xiuwen Chen x June Mineyama-Smithson

    We chat to Wendy Xiuwen Chen and her mentor, graphic designer and artist June Mineyama-Smithson about their experiences of taking part in the LCC Industry Mentoring Programme.