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“I’ve met so many people who work in different areas – my mentor is really nice and has introduced me to loads of people who have roles that I didn’t even know existed. It’s crazy! I like to be very organised and can be a bit of a neat freak with everything I do. I love organising things for my friends and I didn’t realise there was a job out there that I could use this for. The creative side put together with planning, it’s in my DNA to be like that and I’ve found out I can do it as a career and there’s money in it!"“At school you get taught that a career is doctor, engineer, lawyer… all the basics but you don’t get taught what you can do on the creative side. People see that as a hobby!”
Understanding what work is like and how to start out comes from talking to people about their experiences. And that’s the basis for our mentoring programme. Creative Mentor Network creates a connection between creative businesses, eager to create a more representative workforce, and diverse young talent in schools across London.As another of our students, Michael, explains “I always thought that Marketing was one huge department but there’s so much more to it that I wasn’t even aware of. Gareth took me to meet Account Handlers, Producers, all the people on the shoot I went on and I was able to have a calm conversation with them. I could ask them what I liked and find out more about the area I’m looking to get into. This scheme is very different to speaking to a careers teacher – I’ve been talking to someone who works in the industry and who really knows! It’s much more relaxed and a lot easier than competing for attention in a class of 30 or 40.”