University of Lincoln School of Film and Media (LSFM) officially launched this month its Industry Mentoring between 20 professionals and undergraduates for 2018-19. Each academic year, we confirm media mentors who’re available to volunteer time from their busy workload to support students who applied for this 1-to-1 employability opportunity. LSFM Mentoring started as a pilot, in 2014-15 with the Uni’s Careers Team, and now has over 40 professionals on its mentors’ database. The School’s proud that the majority of mentors are our alumni. See a snapshot of this year’s inspirational mentors in our gallery here.
Ian: Graphic Design
Ian Pook, Class of 2007 is a Brand & PR Designer based in Bristol. He has clients from M&S to White Stuff, and has been our media mentor for 3 years:Meeting my mentoree in person was very good to build a more relaxed and productive relationship going forward. It was very rewarding for me personally and looking ahead to hopefully assist my mentoree achieve a job in the industry once they have finished their degree. Continue reading →
As a third year, the daunting acknowledgment that Uni (of Lincoln) is over soon and I will need to fit into reality hits hard. I am fortunately one of those people who likes to get stuff done early so my period of stress and panic hits way before deadline day – this is something I’ve always done in all aspects of my life including career prospects. I did my first piece of work experience in the Media Industry at 18, working as a runner for a week at CrowTV Post Production. This mainly consisted of making teas and coffees and the occasional cocktail (cocktail Fridays is a theme I’ve seen in more than one Post Production house). After that, I started Uni (Media Production course) and felt studies were more important. Around the end of my first semester of the second year, I looked at my CV and thought I needed more work experience.
If there is one thing I’ve learnt from seeing my siblings go through University and then try to get a job is that experience is everything. When I say everything, I do mean everything! Continue reading →
I can’t quite believe that I moved to Lincoln to start my degree just over 6 years ago now, and that I’ve had a full time job in London for over three! I studied Contemporary Lens Media, now BA (Hons) Photography, at Lincoln, and can honestly say I wouldn’t have the job I do today without my degree from the university; not only because of the skills that I learnt whilst studying, or even just having the title on my CV, but the fact that it gave me three years of uninterrupted time to build a solid portfolio that I could proudly take to interview with prospective employers. Our lecturers used to tell us to treasure the time, because rarely would we ever have as much time to invest in making work again. How right they were!
I currently work at Grazia magazine in London. My role is on the the art desk, designing pages for the magazine and editing images to choose the best ones to send to print each week.Continue reading →
Since leaving Lincoln and heading down to London, these past few months have been unbelievably busy! At the moment I have just taken on a contract as an Assistant Producer with Social Life, a social media agency based in London, founded by Ex Radio 1 social leads. Our clients include MTV UK, X Factor, First Dates, CBBC and Red Bull Media to name a few. My role involves a bit of everything as we are a start-up business! My average week will consist of meetings with clients, developing social media strategies, video editing, photography, planning the filming of gigs with our music clients, organising schedules for the press launches of TV shows and booking locations for events!
LSFM Mentoring is back. This fabulous opportunity between industry professionals and our students will be running this new academic year 2015-16. This initiative is thanks to media and its related workers volunteering to be mentors – some of them are our alumni. Now it is time for the School’s 3rd and 2nd year undergraduates from animation, audio production, film & TV, media production and photography to apply. Download this document and register: LSFM_STUDENT REGISTRATION FORM_2015-16
There are ONLY 20 student-mentee places. Deadline to return your registration form is Friday 9th October 2015 by email to Louise Lawlor. If selected, you must be available for the one-hour induction on Wednesday 4th November 4pm to 5pm at the Enterprise Building, as well as 11th November at 11.30am for a chance to chat with your media mentor on a one-to-one basis.
This year’s mentors work across a range of genres, e.g. audio production, video effects, digital media, screenwriting, graphic design, radio, indie film, television, Continue reading →
Friday 11th September 2015 saw another glorious graduation day for University of Lincoln (UK) – this time for the School of Film & Media – at lovely Lincoln Cathedral.Congratulations to our alumni and we’d love former students to keep in touch: follow on Twitter @LSMAlumni and keep us posted on how you are doing in the world of work here on the LSFM Blog. The University’s 10.30am graduation ceremony was captured and you can view it at this link: http://www.iamagraduate.com/lincoln/ceremony10.html
LSFM Mentoring is a unique way to link industry with selected undergraduates. Thanks to volunteer mentors from the world of work who make time to support our final year or level 2 students in an academic year. Each mentor brings their unique experience of the job market to help our students, during their course, as they plan goals and pursue passions for a career. In the past our mentors and mentees have explored everything from work opportunities to discussing dissertations. Pairs are in contact at least 6 times across semesters, so may be around 6-12 hours during the academic year. Contact time is flexible and pairs choose how to meet: face-to-face, talking on the phone, having a web chat or using other online platforms.
Mentors are offered an induction to mentoring, written guidelines and thereafter student-mentee liaises with mentor. Interested in being a mentor? Read the introduction and you can download the form to register your interest anytime: LSFM Mentoring_Introduction | LSFM_MENTOR_Registration-Form
Lincoln School of Film & Media Mentoring is a unique way for us to link industry with 20 of our undergraduates. Thanks to our mentors, they’re all our alumni from media & its related industries, AND LSFM students who applied to be mentees this year.
After a successful pilot launched at the start of 2014, our mentoring initiative will continue this academic year and is a collaboration between the School and the University of Lincoln Careers & Employability Service. LSFM Mentoring between industry professionals and our undergraduates is part of our LSFM Network, which (as you may know) created this blog and started the School’s ‘Meet the Graduates’ alumni event (next gathering for graduates & students will be on 29 Oct) to name just a couple of things managed by the network. The LSFM has always been keen for our alumni to be part of our activities and events. LSFM Mentoring is another strand to enhance our link between industry and academia. We’re looking forward to our media mentors and mentees sharing their experiences here! LSFM Mentoring is a developing project, so your thoughts and suggestions are welcome. You can read a student-mentee story from the pilot mentoring here.
We are proud that our LSFM Mentoring between industry professionals and our students will be running this academic year. HUGE thanks to creative & media-related pros for volunteering their time to be mentors, some who’re our alumni, we are half way there. So now we are looking for undergraduates who are in their final or second year of creative study to apply for our unique media mentoring …
… Just complete the student registration form here. Deadline for applications is 5th October 2014 via email to Louise Lawlor. Hurry not long to go! If selected, you must be available for the 1-hour induction on 22nd October from 4pm to 5pm at the Enterprise Building and also at 11.30am on 29th October for a chance to chat with your media mentor.
Our media mentoring is in partnership with the University of Lincoln Careers & Employability. LSFM Head Sarah Barrow said: This is a great opportunity for our Level 3 and Level 2 undergraduates Continue reading →