CALLING ALL INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
BECOME a mentor
Inspire the next generation of talent, and develop yourself as a leader.
Get trained as a coach
When it can be difficult to find opportunities to develop yourself in the creative and tech sectors, you will trained through our certificated training programme. You then apply your learning in regular mentoring sessions.
Inspire a young person to discover your industry
Our young people have the talent, but not the contacts. As a CMN Mentor, you'll have the chance to champion a young person's talent, be a gatekeeper to the industry, and change the face of your industry.
Network with like-minded individuals
You will train in a cohort of 25 mentors and join a community of mentors (400+) who have been through our programme.
Hear from a mentor:
I wanted to give something back, that was the first reason I signed up to Creative Mentor Network. It’s easy to see how unfair the playing field can be but hard to know what to do about it. CMN seemed like something real and measurable I could do without waiting for anyone’s permission. Secondly, working as a freelance graphic designer can be fantastic – the freedom I have to work on my own projects and choose the type of work I want to do is unmatched – but it can also be isolated, so CMN was an opportunity to connect with my creative community and potentially add a few useful contacts to my address book.
Clutching my mentor handbook and frazzled from a long day at work, I showed up to the first workshop apprehensive. The prospect of socialising with a large group of people who already knew each other from their respective companies wasn't appealing.
My fears, as is often the case, were unfounded. The workshops are friendly welcoming places, due in large part to the people who run the course. Freya Slipper began her career as a secondary school teacher and lead the majority of the sessions. Doing a course led by an expert in teaching was a revelation, Freya is a brilliant teacher. Leading the room in group discussions, valuing everyone’s point of view, and delivering the lessons with animated wit and enthusiasm.
I wasn’t precisely sure what I was going to learn on the course apart from a vague idea I’d become a coach. The curriculum is full of insightful and thoroughly actionable information. From ideas around social and cultural capital, to the power of asking open questions. At the end of every workshop my head was buzzing with exciting ways to work with my mentee, Shay.
Shay was in her second year studying Graphic Design at Ravensbourne University. I think there were nerves on both side during our first meeting, would we get on? Would I be able to implement anything I’d learnt on the course? But most importantly, would I be able to offer her real value?
This was a common theme that came up in the first few workshops when mentors where asked about their concerns over the process. Even though I’ve been in the design industry for nearly a decade it’s often easier to see what you don’t know than what you do. However, after a couple of sessions with Shay it was clear that my presence as a sounding board, and my ability to illuminate the design industry, which can seem willfully nebulous and confusing to an outsider, was incredibly useful to her. Also having someone real sitting in-front of her who has a successful career in design and telling her there’s no reason why she can’t do exactly the same, was clearly massively inspiring for her. Being able to help Shay with things she was struggling with at uni, and further than that, being able to help her see her career design in a clearer way was something that I never expected to enjoy so much, but was probably the most gratify aspect of the process. Seeing your work having a positive impact on a young person who has a huge amount of potential, is very fulfilling and exciting in a way I didn’t expect.
CMN is an excellent program – the positive energy is infectious and the value of the curriculum is real and worthwhile. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to put the ladder back down to the next generation, or skill up in an inspiring way.
Visit Angus’ website to learn more about his work: angusmacpherson.co
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