Graduate Fashion Foundation Mentoring Programme

  • Tania Littlehales

Graduate Fashion Foundation were pleased to invite the Class of 2020 graduates from our UK member universities to apply for one of 20x spaces on the GFF Mentoring Programme this year.

What is the Graduate Fashion Foundation Mentoring Programme?

The Mentoring Programme aims to provide support as you enter into the fashion industry, by pairing you with a long term highly skilled industry mentor for 1 year. The mentoring panel for the GFF Mentoring Programme, is comprised up of executive professionals from the fashion industry, within areas such as retail, design, manufacturing, business management, PR, media, marketing, legal and recruitment to name but a few.
Mentors and mentees will touch base every 2 months for in depth mentoring sessions either on Zoom or in person when possible.

The Mentoring Programme is open to all courses who show with Graduate Fashion Foundation and to all graduates in any stage of job hunting or employment. Mentors will help with many areas including; Next Career Steps, Identifying goals and targets, Work Practices, Portfolios, CV, Interview techniques, Launching a business, Launching a brand.
How does the Graduate Fashion Foundation Mentoring Programme Work?

Following graduation, many of the graduates will embark on their future career straight after graduation, often being snapped up by top employers. Being a young graduate can be very exciting time but one that can also be challenging and daunting, requiring ability to adapt to new working environments and different demands.
This is an important period for our graduates who are going through a big transition from study to employment and having a mentor can mean huge opportunity for their continual growth either into the industry or as they launch their own brand.

Graduate Fashion Foundation strongly believes that with the mentoring programme, together with our dedicated mentors we can improve the experience of our talented graduates, helping them along the way towards achieving successful careers and boosting employability. The mentors will provide the graduates with advice, guidance and career support over 12 months.
Graduate Fashion Foundation will pair each selected graduate with a Mentor, based on their application form and pre-screening.
What will mentors help with?

· Help graduates with their next career steps
·       Supporting the graduate with the move towards employment
·       Support the graduate in identifying goals and targets, to work towards in order to achieve aspirations
·       Advice on best work practices and professional approach
·       Help sharpen graduate’s CV and interview techniques
·       Offer support and motivation
·       Advice on overcoming obstacles and being in professional environment
·       Sharing personal experiences
·       Signpost to other support resources, connect with their network.
"The British fashion industry wants to give back, and the Graduate Fashion Foundation Mentoring Programme enables people to give knowlegde and industry experience to the next generation of talent. It's so important for our graduates, in what can be a major change in their life that they are offered support so they can go on to achieve successful careers and by doing so help boost the fashion industry and our economy." - Hilary Alexander OBE, President of Graduate Fashion Foundation