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Women In Games mentoring scheme encourages new talent

Women In Games mentoring scheme encourages new talent

Women in Games (WIGJ) is on the hunt for helping hands to assist in its mentoring program, which is currently in pilot.

The organisation has founded the scheme in a bid to support women looking to enter the games industry, pairing them with industry experts who can give them advice in their chosen career path.

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So far there are ten mentors and ten mentees involved in the program, with WIGJ CEO Jenny Richards-Stewart saying at the organisation’s annual conference yesterday that they will be looking to expand sometime this Autumn – though only in the UK.

Mentors from all disciplines would be required to work with mentees for six-one hour sessions, spread over a flexible period of months.

Those wishing to mentor can be either male or female, and the list currently includes AI specialist and Small Jelly founder Vicky Smalley, Sony’s first female engineer and creator of the technology behind the hugely successful SingStar franchise Chari Desodt, and UKie chairman Andy Payne OBE.

Mentees must be female and currently work in the UK games industry, in any area. Those interested in applying as mentors can email Richards-Stewart at jenny.richards@womeningames.org.


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