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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
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
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
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
I am really happy to inform you that I have got a job at Bloomsbury as an International sales assistant. I can't stop smiling since yesterday when I had the interview; it's my dream job in a publishing company that I really like and respect for its current strategy and I think it's one of the most interesting and challenging publishers at the moment. It is a maternity leave cover of 12 month and I will start next month. I know that I have to work on my major project in weekends over the summer and it is going to be hard, but I really couldn't say no to this amazing job and I am really, really happy.
The course made the difference as you may know, and the head of sales told me that everyone in publishing knows that graduates from Brookes have an excellent preparation and knowledge of publishing.
I just wanted to let you know about my new job and thank you again for everything - I am so glad that I applied for this course one year ago, my dream is becoming real and I changed and learned a lot in these months.
Posted on 31 May 2016 around 11am
Jennifer Pierce, a graduate of the MA in Publishing, has recently signed with Unbound to crowdfund and publish her debut novel, titled Slow Motion. Written for a Young Adult audience, the novel tells the story of two teenagers navigating their final year of high school as they deal with the class issues, secrets, and politics that influence their image-obsessed New England hometown. Jennifer, who currently works as an Editorial Project Manager at Elsevier, wrote Slow Motion as part of her Creative Writing BA at Wheaton College. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
The project is currently available for funding on Unbound’s website through mid-July. https://unbound.co.uk/books/slow-motion
Posted on 04 May 2016 around 1pm
I had been encouraged to apply for the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes by a family friend who was working in the industry. I’d always been interested in the idea of working in publishing, but given I had studied in Nottingham and was from North Yorkshire, I wasn’t sure how to pursue this and it was difficult to see how I would get experience in my home town. Applying for the MA was absolutely the best decision I could have made for my career. It was clear Brookes had an excellent reputation in this area, and after being interviewed for a place on the course, I knew it was where I wanted to be. The course introduced me to all areas of publishing through the engaging lectures and projects, and the support from the staff was invaluable. As well as the studying itself, one of the highlights for me during the course was being able to get work experience at several publishers, allowing me to really get a sense of what a job in the industry would entail, and helping me to grow my confidence. I also had a fantastic time with some great friends on the course - we definitely had a ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude! ...
Posted on 29 Apr 2016 around 9am