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Tom Bonnington, MA Publishing

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. ...

Without the MA Publishing course, I would never have had the opportunity to work in this job. Many publishing companies insist on recruiting Oxford Brookes students because they know they are the best qualified for the job. Added to that, the professors help you with your CV and with interview skills. Each class teaches you something different about the publishing industry and I have used the knowledge gained there in various different aspects for my current job.

Whatever it is you want to do in Publishing, Brookes caters for it. Right now, my Marketing Manager and my Managing Director (the big boss) are both alumni of the course in years gone by. In fact, the Brookes course is so successful that it’s very rare to find any company without at least one graduate from the course. The network it has created is truly astounding. 

Posted on 30 Sep 2016 around 1pm

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