Please note: Coronavirus
All mentoring meetings will be held online until further notice.
What is mentoring?
UAL has two Professional Mentoring schemes. These are open to second and third year undergraduates studying at UAL. The Creative Shift programme is also open to 2020 graduates.
The Professional Mentoring programme aims to support you to make a living doing what you love.
We match you with someone working in the creative industry (your mentor); they’ll support you to think about your creative career and the steps you need to take to get there.
Mentoring offers you support and guidance over a 6-month period. In 1:1 meetings with your mentor you can plan how to get on in your chosen industry. This could help you find work, set up a business, build networks and audiences, freelance, and sell your art or service.
With your mentor you can set your action plan and goals, put together your professional CV/portfolio, discuss job application and interview skills, strengthen planning and personal skills, and develop ways of showcasing your work.
By the end of the programme you will be clearer about your next steps, and have better awareness of opportunities.
Who can apply?
There are two Professional Mentoring schemes. Please apply for the right one:
Creative Shift Professional Mentoring
Careers and Employability receives special funding to support these students.
You must be:
- a second or third year undergraduate now at UAL, or you completed your undergraduate degree in 2020
- and paying / paid fees as a Home (UK) student
In addition, at least ONE of these statements must also apply:
- My parent(s) or guardian(s) have not completed a university degree
- I am from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background
- I receive the UAL Bursary
- I am a Care leaver or Care giver
- I took part in UAL's Insights programme
- I have a disability
Professional Mentoring Too
You must be:
- a second or third year undergraduate student studying at UAL
- paying fees as a Home (UK) student, an EU student, or an International student
Professional Mentoring Too is currently closed for registrations. We will re-open this part of the programme in September 2021. Please check here for details.
If I register, will I definitely have a mentor?
Every year a different group of students register for mentoring, with varying needs. There are no guarantees that we can match everyone. But we have a growing pool of mentors, and we will do our best to find you a match before you graduate.
You only have to sign up for the scheme once. Once registered, you stay on our list for as long as you are eligible for a mentor.
Want to become a professional mentor?
To join our pool of talented and dynamic industry creatives, you must have at least 3 years’ experience in your industry. You must attend a one-off mentor training session, and be available to offer mentoring over a 6 month period.
Read our Guide for Professional Mentors(PDF 517KB) for full details.
Also please see our Code of Ethics for Professional Mentors (PDF 99KB)
Careers and Employability acknowledges the barriers that exist for people of colour in the creative industries. UAL's Professional Mentoring programme is committed to actively recruiting mentors of colour, to support our students and create a more diverse cultural sector.
Careers and Employability encourages diversity within the creative industries.
The University does not tolerate any form of bullying, harassment or violence. Any reports made about a mentor or mentee will be treated seriously and with sensitivity. This includes any public statements or appearances, and social media.
To raise a concern, please contact the Mentoring Coordinator in the first instance at email@example.com. UAL students can also access confidential advice through the University’s Tell Someone service.
You may also wish to read the Professional Mentoring programme's Privacy Statement.
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