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Industry:Book Publishing
Contract Type:Mentoring
Salary or training bursary: N/A
6 Months
Company:Penguin Random House
Positive Action Scheme
Apply by:25/04/2021 - 23:59

Creative Access & Penguin Random House Mentoring Programme

Curious to explore how a career in publishing could make the most of your interests and talents? Or want support to progress your existing career in the industry? Either way, sign up now to be matched with a mentor from the world’s number one publisher – 100 places on offer from June.

Creative Access is excited to be partnering with Penguin Random House again to launch a virtual mentoring programme, designed to reach talent from communities currently under-represented in publishing. 

Mentors, from Penguin Random House’s leadership and senior management teams, have signed up to support and nurture the next generation of talent who want to explore, begin, or progress their journey in publishing.

Penguin Random House champion authors, shaping and sharing writing that sparks thoughts, dreams, conversations and learning. They are a home to all kinds of authors. From the best new fiction or picture book writers, to political commentators, trailblazing entrepreneurs, health experts and bold illustrators, they enable talented people from all walks of life to tell their stories – and make sure they are heard. There are many different roles and teams who come together to make this happen – from editorial and marketing and publicity, through to design, digital, technology, legal, finance and HR.  

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 from June for six months, with virtual meetings monthly during this time. 

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 June – November 2021
  • Be over the age of 18, still in education or training, or in the early stages of your publishing career
  • 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

  • Log in to your Creative Access account or register today to apply for this opportunity
  1. Upload your CV and cover letter as ONE document
  2. Complete the form in this link
  • If you are successful in being accepted onto this programme, we will endeavour to identify a suitable mentor for you. However, this is not guaranteed and there is a chance we may not be able to find someone to meet your exact requirements.