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Mentoring Programme


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FOCAL is continuing with its 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. FOCAL is looking for newcomers to the archive/footage or individuals who aspire to develop their careers in various aspects of the archive industry.

Applications to become a Mentee are now closed.


Mentoring Period April 2024 - October 2024

The programme aims to help and match industry mentors to provide guidance to people wishing to grow a career in all areas of the archive industry. We accept applications from the UK and internationally, closing deadline 28 February 2024. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed early March.

The Mentoring Programme takes place over Zoom and in-person when possible.

As a not-for-profit trade organisation, to help us deliver the Mentoring Programme we ask the successful mentees to pay a small fee of £50. In return not only do you take part in the programme with all the benefits to grow your career, you also receive:

  • Free participation on all FOCAL online workshops until December 2024 (normal non-member price £15 per workshop)
  • Access to past workshop recording from 2021 to 2023
  • Annual Associate Membership valued at £25
  • FOCAL industry newsletters and FOCALPoint online magazine

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

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 not only from your mentor but members of FOCAL's Training Committee.
  • Invitation to FOCAL's in-person events such as Members' Day.
  • 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

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.

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.