Ben R. Atkinson

Writer, Musician & Presenter

My Experience Of Mentoring in the Lincoln School of Film and Media

My Experience Of Mentoring in the Lincoln School of Film and Media

About a year ago, in the summer of 2018, I was given the opportunity to become a mentor on the BA(Hons) Media Production degree in the Lincoln School of Film and Media, the same programme from which I graduated myself back in 2013. As a mentor, I had the opportunity to work with a 3rd year student as they moved through their final year of study and prepared to graduate.

I was delighted to be paired with Jake, an aspiring DJ and radio student, who had also spent time studying graphic design in the earlier years of the course. Jake was a confident, driven student who I was delighted to be paired with over the course of his final year. Hopefully, I was able to offer some good advice!

Over the course of the year that I mentored Jake, we met regularly both on campus and off, to discuss the projects he was working on and his plans for life after graduation. I was delighted to hear regularly from Jake about how his DJing was taking off, he ended up being invited to play on stage at the Engine Shed several times, and that he was hoping to bring his interest in this field into his dissertation. Through our meetings, I offered advice on academic study, the industry case study project and graduate opportunity for students studying media. Hopefully, I was able to pass on a little of my own experience and the lessons I have learnt since graduating back in 2013.

Jake in the radio studio recording his radio documentary programme

Overall, the mentoring opportunity proved to be an exciting and rewarding experience. I really enjoyed meeting with Jake and finding out about his work and ideas. In addition, I feel that the mentoring programme as a whole is such an important aspect of the final year when students get the opportunity to learn from graduates and industry professionals which, in a production based course, cannot be overestimated. I really look forward to being part of the mentoring programme in future, I hope the school decide to invite me back!

You can read more about Jake’s experience of the programme in the post below, which he wrote for the LSFM Alumni blog. Click here to read the post.

About The Author

Ben R. Atkinson is a writer, musician, and presenter who can be heard broadcasting on radio stations around the world, is known for his novels, radio dramas, and who writes and performs his own music in the country/folk genre. Ben is currently studying for his PhD in Ethnomusicology at the University of Lincoln in the UK.
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