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Internship at the International Labour Office in Geneva
About halfway through the MA publishing course, in January 2016, we were informed of an opportunity to intern at the International Labour Office in Geneva for a period of six months. I jumped at the chance, having heard about the internship previously and having been waiting for a chance to apply since before I had even arrived in Oxford. What followed was an interview at the fabulous 2016 London Book Fair, and voilà, six months later, I was in Geneva.
The ILO produces many publications, including reports detailing their research and their work all over the world. I arrived at a very interesting time, when the Publications team was trying to participate in various online libraries and provide them with thousands of titles. Apart from working on metadata curation, enhancement, and creation, I did intensive research for the Publications unit on asset management systems. This was an aspect of publishing I had not been exposed to previously and it was great to learn about the importance of data, how to create the relationships between various data sets, and how crucial this work is for effective and successful publishing. The Publications team is intelligent, encouraging, supportive, and willing to pass on their knowledge to the intern. ...
Posted on 01 Jun 2017 around 9am
I knew I always wanted to go to university but wasn’t sure where or what I wanted to study. Instead of rushing into university I worked as a receptionist in a hotel for a year while I was researching different courses. I found Oxford Brookes and saw that they offered joint honours degrees, which were of great interest to me, and after an open day I knew I was going to enjoy my time at Oxford Brookes.
Posted on 19 May 2017 around 3pm
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In autumn 2015 I made the move from Dublin to Oxford for the MA in Publishing at Brookes. I decided that, rather than my original plan of pursuing a career in academia, I would like to work in academic publishing instead. A year and a half on, after first working as an intern, I am now an Editorial Assistant for Bloomsbury Academic’s Digital Division, a an exciting position that I really enjoy.
As well giving me a strong foundational knowledge of publishing, the MA at Brookes also crucially showed me how strong the competition for entry-level positions is in this industry. Thus the Editorial & Digital internship at Bloomsbury really opened a huge door for me.
Posted on 03 Apr 2017 around 11am
I chose Oxford Brookes because it offered such a variety of degree combinations. I wanted to learn Japanese for years but I also had a great passion for books. Oxford Brookes let me pursue both those interests with a combined Japanese and Publishing degree.
Before I started my publishing lectures the entire process was a bit of a mystery to me. I could never have imagined how intricate the industry is. The lectures and coursework have not only given me a comprehensive understanding of the publishing world, they have also given me the skills to succeed in it.
Posted on 07 Mar 2017 around 7pm
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After taking both a bachelor degree in publishing and a two-year publishing master’s in Italy, I still felt I was not ready to put myself forward as a valuable addition to any publishing company. I felt I needed a very practical, business oriented course that would help me understand the industry and prepare me for a ‘real job’.
I was not sure in which area of publishing I wanted to work – I only knew it must be in book publishing. I started checking degree programmes around Europe, searching for the one that combines all the elements that I was looking for: a creative and business oriented course that has an overview of different departments of a publishing house; and a course that is not only UK oriented but gives an international background. When I discovered the programme of the MA Publishing at Oxford Brookes, I knew this had everything I was looking for, plus the amazing location of the city of Oxford – and all the ratings and feedback from previous students online were highly positive. ...
Posted on 17 Jan 2017 around 2pm
After applying for more or less every work experience position in Scotland with little success, I decided to do the MA in Publishing course at Oxford Brookes. Originally I saw myself in editorial, but soon after starting our marketing class, I found I was more suited to this work. Soon after, I managed to obtain work experience in Trade Marketing at Oxford University Press, before moving on to Oxbow/Casemate, a brilliant archaeology and military history publisher in Oxford. Even while doing work experience two days a week, I found the course both challenging yet manageable, and thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience.
In May this year, I was fortunate enough to be offered a full-time position as a Marketing Executive for Casemate and it is my dream first job in publishing. I have an undergraduate degree in history and a lifelong interest in the history of war, and I am selling books that I would also like to buy myself, which must be a big advantage. I have worked with The Times, BBC History Magazine, All About History Magazine, and many others. I also work with some of the best military experts in the country and, since the team is so small, I am given more responsibility than I would have in a larger company, which I find very rewarding. ...
Posted on 30 Sep 2016 around 1pm
As soon as I visited the Oxford Brookes campus and met some of the Publishing Media lecturers, I knew this was the degree for me. I still was not too sure what publishing exactly entailed, but I loved reading, writing, and creativity, and that is what I got on this course.
The Publishing Media degree is tailored to give students the best professional skills they need to succeed in the industry, both in business and creative aspects, which have been invaluable throughout many of my internships and interviews. I felt that not only was I learning about creating content for different audiences, identifying the right markets for different publications, and understanding the business behind the creativity, but I also developed those all-important team work and leadership skills.
Posted on 19 Sep 2016 around 12pm
I had an unusual entry on to the course – half way through an English Literature degree at Bolton I had an epiphany of sorts, that I wanted to go into book publishing. After researching what was the best course around I came across Brookes.
What excited me most was the broad range of modules on offer, everything from industry technology, to the history of print culture. My three years on the course have been amazing, I think what really makes it is the friendly and open atmosphere created by lecturers and students.
Posted on 15 Sep 2016 around 2pm
I had known that I wanted to go into the book industry, but I was never sure which area. When I came across the Oxford Brookes undergraduate publishing course, it excited me much more than any other journalism/English literature degree that I had seen before. It was specific to an industry I wanted to enter, and the interview sealed the deal: the lecturers were all so welcoming and friendly.
During the three years at Oxford Brookes I was introduced to areas of the industry I had never previously had to think about (besides the obvious areas of editorial, design and creative writing): including business, finance and people management. For my final project, I set up Hello Me, it’s You a collaborative project that has culminated in the creation of a YA book, advocating mental health issues, and giving voices to young people on their own mental health related experiences. The book is published on 10 October 2016.
Posted on 15 Sep 2016 around 8am
I was re-evaluating my career path when I came across the publishing MAs at Oxford Brookes University.
I was working as a Technical Writer in Germany, and although I had a background in publishing, when I decided to apply to publishing jobs in the UK, I did not succeed in getting one. With the Master’s in Digital Publishing I found the way to open the doors of the UK publishing world. The internships, the contacts in the industry, the classes and the thriving environment helped me to find my way into the publishing job on which I had set my heart, in journals publishing; but I was also surprised to discover other areas of publishing that I really enjoyed as well. The fact that along the way I got to make incredible friends who are just as passionate about publishing as I am, is just the cherry on the top of a great year. I am now working as a Production Editor at BioMed Central in London.
Posted on 10 Jun 2016 around 8am