New mentoring scheme announced by Penguin Random House

Apply by 22 October to take part in a new mentoring programme for under-represented groups in publishing 

Creative Access is partnering with consumer publishers Penguin Random House to launch a new virtual mentoring programme called Starting out in Publishing, designed to reach candidates currently under-represented in publishing. This opportunity is only open to individuals from a group which is under-represented in the creative industries. This includes, but is not limited to, Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, people with disabilities and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. 

150 mentors, from Penguin Random House’s leadership and senior management teams, have signed up to support and nurture the next generation of publishers. This programme aims to break down barriers and myths, and showcase the rich mix of roles and opportunities on offer. It is about giving mentees the chance to gain insights and expertise, develop skills and confidence, and build new connections and networks. And it is about giving mentors the opportunity to learn from the fresh perspectives of the mentees. 

How does the programme work?

Mentors will be available from across Penguin Random House, representing all the key teams. Where possible, mentees will be matched with a mentor working in the area in which they would like to work. 

The mentoring partnerships will run for six months, with virtual meetings monthly during this time. 75 mentorships will run from December 2020, and 75 from June 2021.

What do you need to apply?

  • An interest in stories and ideas and working in a creative industry
  • An interest in at least one of the areas or departments in a publishing house
  • An aim to gain employment in a relevant trainee or entry-level role in the future or to secure support with progressing your existing career within publishing
  • A willingness to engage positively with a mentor on a monthly basis for six months
  • A commitment to attend Creative Access’ training sessions during the programme

Plus, you’ll need to:

  • Be able to participate between December 2020 and November 2021
  • Be over the age of 18; still in education or training, or seeking employment, or in the early stages of your career (in publishing or otherwise).
  • Identify as being from an under-represented group in publishing. This includes, but is not limited to, Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, people with disabilities and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

To apply by 22 October:

  1. Log in to your Creative Access account or register today to apply for this opportunity
  2. Complete this application form together with a copy of your CV - all as ONE document

This opportunity is only open to individuals from a group which is under-represented in the creative industries. This includes, but is not limited to, Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, people with disabilities and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Please note, this scheme is UK only, and is open to candidates of any age.

Other mentoring programmes to consider

Remember that Oxford Careers Service runs these mentoring programmes for students from lower socioeconimc backgrounds: 

The Crankstart Careers Mentoring Programme 

The Promentor Alumni Mentoring Programme for first-year undergraduates