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Mentoring Programme


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We are delighted to once again be launching our International Mentoring Programme. The programme aims to help and provide guidance to people wanting to grow a career in all areas of the archive industry.


March 2024 - September 2024

FOCAL are continuing with it's Mentoring Programme to help and provide guidance to people willing to grow a career in the archive industry and to break into the film footage world.

The Mentoring Programme will be over zoom and in person when possible.

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

Applications to become a Mentee will open on November 20th, 2023.

What do we offer?

  • A well matched mentor and mentee
  • A speed-mentoring session where all the mentors and mentees can meet
  • An induction event for the mentors and mentees to get to know each other
  • A suggested timeline to follow
  • Ongoing support throughout the programme
  • A virtual networking event in July
  • Invitation to FOCAL's Members Day in September
  • Discounted entry to Industry Events where available

What does the mentor offer?

  • 6 hours over 6 months
  • Their expertise and knowledge within the archive industry
  • Feedback and encouragement for questions
  • Ongoing support to the mentee

What does the mentee offer?

  • 6 hours over 6 months
  • Open and willingness to learn
  • A new perspective into the archive industry
  • Proactive attitude
  • Dedication to the programme
  • Closing feedback

Mentor Benefits:

  • A new perspective and potential skills.
  • Opportunity to network with a new entrant.
  • Recognition and promotion of activity and company.
  • Satisfaction of being a mentor, a listener. Takes your career to another level.

Mentee Benefits:

  • Develop skills, experience & self-confidence.
  • Growth, network & and enhanced knowledge of the industry.
  • Increase ability to set concrete and achievable goals.
  • Ask questions and be delivered feedback.
  • Discover future opportunities.