About Mentorships


Welcome to the Society of Young Publishers mentorship scheme – a fantastic opportunity to receive personalised, structured career guidance from publishing experts, learn more about the industry and work on the key skills needed to progress within it!

What the scheme will entail:

  • A formal official mentoring period of 6 months
  • A minimum of 4 formal one-on-one progress meetings with the mentor (which can be done virtually)
  • A virtual social event to meet other mentors and mentees of the UK-wide programme

There are two strands to the mentorship scheme (please bear in mind that not every branch will offer both strands):

  • Into is for those yet to secure their first permanent role in the industry
  • Ahead is for those who are working within the industry and want to find a mentor to help them take the next step

In 2022 the SYP UK branch will also run a Launch strand, addressed to those seeking to freelance, start their own company, or progress in the publishing industry in a different way than in the traditional in-house options. This strand will be open to anyone based in England, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Which counties/countries each SYP branch covers:

  • SYP Ireland: Ireland, Northern Ireland
  • SYP London: Buckinghamshire, London, East Sussex, Essex, Greater London, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex
  • SYP North: Cheshire, Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, Humberside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, South Yorkshire, Tyne & Wear, West Yorkshire
  • SYP Oxford: Oxfordshire
  • SYP Scotland: Scotland
  • SYP South West: Wales, Avon, Berkshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hereford, Somerset, Wiltshire
  • SYP UK: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Hereford & Worcester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Warwickshire, West Midlands

The next round of applications are scheduled to open on the 23rd of May 2022 and close on the 12th of June 2022 for the following branches:

  • SYP Ireland (Into & Ahead)
  • SYP London (Into & Ahead)
  • SYP North (Into & Ahead)
  • SYP Oxford (Into & Ahead)
  • SYP South West (Into & Ahead)
  • SYP UK (Into & Launch)

The application will consist of a form that needs to be filled out regarding the motivation to join the mentorship scheme and the goals you hope to achieve with the help of your mentor.

Find the APPLICATION FORMS of each branch & stream in the links below:

If you have any questions about the mentorship scheme, please refer to the FAQ page here or contact us at  mentorship@thesyp.org.uk