Information for Probationary Members
Probationary Members of the Guild enjoy the same rights within the Guild as Full Members. This means probationers can attend the Guild's programme of free garden visits, attend networking events, get discounted tickets to the Summer Party and the Awards Lunch, enter their work into the Awards free of charge and receive the GMG News magazine and the e-news bulletins. Probationers are also encouraged to join the lively Probationer's WhatsApp group.
Many, although not all, Probationary Members request, and receive, a current Guild Full Member to act as their mentor to help them navigate their first steps in the profession. Guild members acting as mentors do so as volunteers, and it may take some time for a new applicant to be paired with a suitable mentor.
What to Expect from your Mentor
- Mentors can give advice and discuss ideas for potential work.
- Mentors can give feedback on style and content.
- Mentors can give advice on how and where to pitch ideas.
- Mentors cannot help to secure commissions.
- Mentors cannot give advice on rates and fees.
- Mentors cannot give advice on unpaid fees or disputes with employers/commissioners.
Either party can choose to end the relationship, if it's not working for any reason.