Why should I be a Creativity Works mentor?

Mentors play a crucial part of the Creativity Works programme, providing advice and support to young people looking to develop a career in the creative industries.

Everyone remembers the people who make a difference. Who will remember you?

Mentoring is a rewarding experience, which can be hugely beneficial to a young person. Your insight and first hand experience of the creative industries can help get them work ready, improve their confidence and bolster their resilience. For someone who is interested in the creative and media industries, but may not have come across the right opportunities, your advice and encouragement could be life changing.

The search is on for our amazing media mentors.

We’re recruiting 40 mentors for our September to December 2019 Creativity Works: Multimedia Training programme. We will need volunteers from across the creative and media industries to mentor their time and experience. So if you work in web design, marketing, journalism, video games, radio or film production, we will want to hear from you! If you work in the finance, legal or HR department of a media organisation you also have lots to offer, so please get in touch.

My mentor has always been honest and helpful in every way possible, giving me crucial advice on how to improve my CV, as well as beneficial interviewing and soft skill techniques needed to improve my potential position in the media industry.

Janay-Marie Myers-Davis, 2017 Creativity Works: Multimedia Genius Participant

Creativity Works: Multimedia Training programme connects 18-24 year olds with volunteer mentors from creative and media organisations across London. Through the programme our mentors offer a first hand view of what it’s like to work in the media industry, as well as giving support and guidance on the mentee’s career development.

What’s involved?

You do not need to have mentored before, or be a seasoned media professional – we just ask that you have at least two years professional experience in the creative industries.

You must also be able to commit to the following:

  • Mentor Training
  • Speed matching event
  • Four x mentoring sessions: to be hosted at your place of work
  • Graduation event
  • Mentor debrief session

Impart your wisdom, knowledge, and skills to a young person.

It’s not just a one-way journey

Mentorships do not only benefit the mentee involved. Mentors  develop skills in leadership, listening and communication, lateral thinking and coaching. It is also an opportunity to see things from new perspectives.

Media Trust will provide you with your initial training at an induction session. This will ensure you know what is expected of you and prepare you for your mentorship.

Your mentorship will not be too time intensive. You will be expected to meet your mentee once a week over a four-week period. This will be worked out and agreed with you to fit into your schedule.

Think of the positive energy you could spread by tapping in to your networks and creating opportunities for new connections to be made. And here's the best part, by sharing your knowledge, you'll not only learn, but you'll grow and you'll be inspired too.

Ria Hebden, Presenter & Broadcaster - Creativity Works Mentor, 2017

Will you be someone’s lucky break?

Run by Media Trust and funded by Mayor’s Fund for London, Berkeley Foundation and Citi Foundation, Creativity Works: Multimedia Genius Training creates amazing opportunities for young people in London, who are interested in the creative and media industries.

By joining the Creativity Works: Multimedia Genius Training mentorship scheme, you can help a young person find their way to a fulfilling and happy career.

If you are interested in finding out more, contact Martha Shacolas: marthas@mediatrust.org

Think of the wisdom you could share, by passing it on to someone else, helping them to navigate their life journey and hopefully avoid some of the pitfalls that you have experienced.

Think of the creative sparks you could ignite by encouraging someone to believe in themselves and reassure them that their dreams aren't too big.

Ria Hebden, Presenter & Broadcaster - Creativity Works Mentor, 2017

Our Corporate Partners

We enjoy outstanding support from the media industry. Our partners include: