The Into Games mentorship programme connects people aged 16 and over directly to games industry professionals through the free digital communications tool, Slack.
Mentors on the programme offer career guidance and help with any game-related projects that the mentee may be working on. The programme aims to build up a mentees confidence, skills and network, enabling them to better access a future career in the sector.
How does it work?
Mentees are asked to fill in a brief online form asking about their career ambitions and their own skillset, they are then matched to an appropriate industry professional that best suits their needs. Before the mentee and mentor are connected, there is a quick online training process on both sides, so that the mentees know what to expect and what questions to ask to kick things off.
Mentees can apply through the Into Games or are referred by other youth organisations. Mentees are practically all from underrepresented groups.
Do I need any experience working with young people?
No, all conversations are monitored by a 3rd party organisation, Prospella, ensuring the highest standards of child protection. This is the perfect first activity to dip your toe into youth work.
How much time does it take?
As we operate through Slack, you can answer or ask questions in your own time, so it shouldn't get in the way of busy dev schedules. We estimate it takes roughly 1 hour a month.
If you strike up a good relationship with your mentee or mentor, you could keep in contact with them indefinitely, equally, if you feel like you are not getting what you need from the programme, you can leave whenever you like.
What will we talk about?
As a mentee, you’ll receive invaluable insights into how the games industry works and you’ll get support in developing a career plan that's grounded in reality. You’ll expand your network and develop essential industry contacts. In short, it’s invaluable to you!
Mentees are given basic online training in helping you develop your career pathway plans. Into Games will also be passing on game jams, meetups and events that mentees can take part in. You'll never be short for words!
Who is this run by?
The programme is run by Into Games, a UK based non-profit focussed on making rewarding careers in the sector accessible to all. It is backed by the national games industry trade body, UKIE and supported by dozens of UK game studios.
Ok, sounds great, how do I sign up?
Head to our mentorship page.
I still need more information
If you have any questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org