Work In Publishing Week 2022

Nov 13, 2022

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Episode 199 of Live

Welcome to Work in Publishing week 2022! #WorkInPublishing is an initiative run by the Publishers Association to promote publishing as a career. Ensure you are following the hashtag across all social media.

This is a replay of episode 149, broadcast especially for #WorkInPublishing week and an episode we recommend all year round. We were joined by Joe Cain, a Professor at UCL, who put lots of questions to us and we answered them all!

Questions covered topics such as starting out, internships, skills and the bigger picture and included:-

Starting Out

What job titles should I look for?
Is there an annual cycle to hiring?
When should I be looking for internships?

What skills are going to make me stand out?
If I have special skills e.g., a science degree or a strong second language
are they a strength in an application?
Don’t I need a degree in English to be good in this industry?
I’m going to need a master’s degree to get into the industry, aren’t I?

What are common starting points for jobs in the big publishing companies?
What else is out there in publishing besides the big companies?
Are parts of the industry growing or in demand? Which parts are overfilled with applicants?
Where can I expect to work as a junior in a publishing business?
(at home or in an office; in London or elsewhere; in UK or elsewhere?)
Do I have to be creative to have a career in publishing?

Bigger Picture
If I can’t get an internship, what related experience can I do to improve my chances?
Am I going to be able to make the world a better place?

The resources mentioned in this episode include:-
The Publishers Association
Independent Publishers Guild
The Society of Young Publishers
Book Machine
Byte the Book
Children’s Book Circle
The Galley Club
Publishers Publicity Circle
Pride in Publishing
BAME in Publishing – It looks like this isn’t going at the moment. Publishers individual inclusion information can be found here

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