As a mentor I would say my role is to firstly listen.
I believe it's actually much more about directing.
Not really directing them actually so much, actually letting them realise what their potential is letting them find themselves.
I'm studying Contemporary Media Cultures at London College of Communication. This is my first session today meeting Sandra.
I'm excited for this opportunity I've never been mentored before. I'm very excited to meet her and to talk about how she can help me and guide me - and just to hear about her journey as well.
I know what employers look for so it's kind of helping them and guiding them in their career paths on what they want to do.
My name's Feli and I study Graphic Branding and Identity. I'm currently in my second year at LCC. I started doing the mentoring programme mid-way through the second year of uni and we spoke a lot about my future goals and where I came from and how I decided to go uni at 26. It's helped me understand myself better.
So what I found with UAL, is they really do the research. That they understand what I've got to give and they understand what the student wants to get out of the process. So they do a really great job of matching up the student and the mentor.
We started my mentoring during my third year. It was a really good time because it was whilst I was going through my final project and it was when I was thinking about what I'm going to consider for the future so I could kind of make work always with that in mind.
Month-on-month, different things are happening in that mentee's life and we can tackle those. So it might be that we're looking at CV's and how to approach an employer, or it might be that we going through a portfolio, or it might be that we're looking at specific projects that they're working on at the University at the time.
I'm really passionate about helping people. When I was growing up I didn't get that help, so I've always said I wanted to give back.
I'm here today at Chelsea College, to see Jade's piece on her final year show. I'm actually so proud of her and what she's done; the piece is amazing and it's been fantastic to see that journey through.
When you meet someone who's in that industry for the first time, like somewhere where you want to be, it makes you realise it is possible.
I think through that whole stage of transitioning from University into the actual working world full-time. It's a big step and having someone there to share your experience with and get some guidance if you need it, is definitely very helpful.
UAL has two Professional Mentoring schemes. These are open to second and third year undergraduates who are studying at UAL. The Creative Shift programme is also open to 2019 graduates.
What is mentoring?
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. By the end of the 6 months you will be clearer about your next steps, and have better awareness of opportunities.
In your 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, freelance, and sell your art or service.
In your mentoring meetings you can:
- Plan your next steps into paid work
- Learn about the opportunities that exist within your industry
- Find out how to build professional networks & audiences
- Put together your professional CV/portfolio
- Discuss job application and interview skills
- Strengthen planning skills in: projects and events, problem solving, time management, prioritising to deadlines, navigating change, adapting to new markets or situations
- Develop marketing: effective use of social media, telling your story, showcasing your work
- Build on personal skills: communication, assertiveness, resilience
Who can apply?
There are two Professional Mentoring schemes. Please apply for the right scheme:
Creative Shift Professional Mentoring
Careers and Employability receives special funding to support this specific group of students.
You must be:
- a student/graduate whose parent(s)/guardian(s) did not complete a university degree
- and a second or third year undergraduate at UAL/graduated from an undergraduate degree in 2019
- and pay/paid fees as a Home (UK) student
To join the waiting list for this mentoring scheme, please register your details.
Professional Mentoring Too
You must be:
- a second or third year undergraduate student at UAL
- and pay fees as a Home (UK) student, an EU student, or an International student
Professional Mentoring Too is temporarily closed, as the waiting list is full. In November 2019, registrations will re-open to offer a limited number of places (please check this page for the registration link).
What happens next?
- On registration, you receive confirmation that you are on the mentoring waiting list. (Please give us an email address that you check at least once a week). You will stay on the waiting list as long as you are eligible for mentoring at UAL.
- When you are at the top of the waiting List we will send you an invitation to sign up for Mentee training. This training will help you get the most out of the mentoring process and answer any questions you might have. You are required to attend a training session before being matched with a mentor.
- After the training, you can register with your full profile. In this, you give full details of what you want to achieve in mentoring.
- We will match you with a mentor, then send you their biography and website for you to read. If you think your match is not suitable, you will need to contact us to discuss this. In some cases, it may be possible to offer a second match.
- When you accept your match, your mentor will contact you to set up a first meeting.
- You will meet with your mentor in a public place for at least one hour, 6 times over 6 months – usually one meeting per month (March to August OR October to March).
- At the end of the programme, you will complete a feedback survey to tell us how it went.
If I register, will I definitely have a mentor?
Before we can match you with a mentor, you have to complete steps 1 to 5 above. 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.
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 for full details.
Also please see our Code of Ethics for Professional Mentors.
Careers and Employability encourages diversity within the creative industries. We welcome mentoring applications (mentors and students) from disabled people, those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, and students or creatives whose parents/guardians did not undertake a university course.
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.
We run over 150 events each year to support UAL students with their creative careers and businesses.
Read our online resources for advice and guidance on setting yourself up as a freelancer and looking for work.