Mentoring can provide structured career development to individuals. The ScreenSkills website has resources to help individuals and organisations wanting to provide or receive mentoring.
Below you will find a longer guide and a shorter briefing about what mentoring is all about, what to expect and what is expected of you. The ‘sessions flow’ document illustrates how you can structure the mentoring conversations. Use the session log template to record what was discussed and agreed in the session. Use the action plan template to formalise the actions the mentee will do between sessions. If as a mentor you ever feel you are not able to help your mentee, you may find the information in ‘great mentors do not need all the answers’ useful.
We will be recruiting mentors for specific programmes. Look out for details in our newsletters.
All of our mentors are volunteers. Typically, mentors will have recent industry experience and will be one or two career stages ahead of their mentee.
Benefits of mentoring for both parties include:
- Seeing things from another’s perspective
- Increasing your network
- Giving and receiving feedback
- Developing communication skills
- Learning from the ideas and experiences of someone who is different to you
- Using your creativity
- Boosting your job satisfaction
- A deeper appreciation of diversity and inclusivity
“As a mentor I found the mentoring process organised through ScreenSkills really user friendly and the support excellent. It was wonderful to work with someone starting out in their career and to help them to define and reach for their career goals” – Director, Film & TV
“I would like to thank the ScreenSkills team for matching me with such a brilliant mentor who I have a great rapport with. The programme has really helped me to build confidence and understanding, I just wish it was for a year!” – Creative Director, Children’s TV
“I've thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the mentoring programme both as a mentor and as a mentee. It has helped me build on my existing knowledge and skills as well as develop new ones”- Freelance Concept Artist, Games
E-learning modules and mentoring resources
ScreenSkills e-learning modules can support mentoring partnerships and can be accessed via the links below: