London Mentor Scheme 2016


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 Are you looking to progress in your publishing career, but need support?

  The Society of Young Publishers' annual mentor scheme can connect you with an inspiring mentor in the area of publishing that you are in, or want to move into. If you're reaching for the next step in your career, the scheme is a unique opportunity to gain from the experience and expertise of a successful publishing professional and the support of peers.

What are the requirements?

The scheme will be open to young publishing professionals who are already working in the industry and need advice on how to further advance in their career. To be eligible, prospective mentees will have to meet the following criteria:

  • be an SYP member
  • have an established role in publishing or agenting
  • be able to attend meetings in London

There is no age limit for applicants.

How does it work?

Mentees will be able to apply for the scheme by completing an online application form and providing their CV. All applications will be reviewed by an SYP panel, who will try to pair mentors and mentees as much as possible based on their job description, interest and choices on the application form.

This year, the SYP will build the streams around areas of interest which the mentees express in their applications, asking candidates to state which areas they are interested in before confirming mentors, in an effort to ensure that the scheme is meeting member’s needs.

Unlike other schemes, instead of being a one-to-one session each SYP mentoring meeting is built around a small group of young publishing professionals (5–10 people per group). Each group is assigned a mentor, a young, dynamic publishing professional who has already achieved a remarkable level of success in his or her career.

Each group will meet their mentor 5/6 times over a period of 6 months, beginning in March. Each mentor will be completely free to organise their mentoring sessions as they see fit. The SYP will support all mentors and can provide a rough outline for the scheme if required.

How to apply?

  1. Fill in the online application form with your details and preferences, telling us why you want to be on the scheme this year and what you will gain from the mentor programme.
  2. Add your CV.
  3. Click Send.

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Deadline for Applications: Friday 11 March 2016



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What past mentees have to say about the scheme

'The mentor scheme has been invaluable to me . . . Working in a tiny publisher with no-one to learn from, I found the meetings to be hugely beneficial in giving me someone to ask questions and guidance – both in my mentor and in the other mentees.'

'The scheme has given me a much better grasp of some of the intangibles of commissioning . . . I think I'm now a better and more clued-in editor for it.'