Insight into publishing

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Post by Laura Kerley, Employability Adviser for Humanities

I recently attended an ‘Insight into Publishing’ event, run by Hachette UK, the UK’s most diversified trade publishing group. The Hachette UK group includes many autonomous publishing companies, whilst providing some group level support. This combination of big and small proved a fascinating context to gain insight into the publishing industry.

Over the course of the day 60 students from across the UK heard from people working in a range of roles at Hachette and beyond. Speakers ranged from the very experienced (eg. the founder of inclusivity focused Dialogue Books ; and the literary agent of best seller ‘Girl on a Train’), to more recent graduates. But it wasn’t all chalk and talk. In groups, students were given a book genre and in between talks were set tasks to ultimately “create” a book and pitch it at the end of the day. This wasn’t as scary as it may sound – see our very own student view of the day from first year SHU English student, Kate Whittle. The day was rounded off nicely with drinks, socialising and a chance to get CV advice, with quite a backdrop view from the rooftop terrace!

Some key (and sometimes surprising) points about the publishing industry

  • It is thriving and the book isn’t dead!
  • There is an exciting array of roles available that are open to graduates from any subject. Although editing is critical (and popular), think beyond this to lesser known roles such as Design, Production, Rights&Licensing, Sales, Marketing&Publicity, Distribution and Finance.
  • There can be chances to work internationally, particularly in Sales and Rights&Licensing.
  • Competing for the ‘leisure pound’ with giants such as Amazon has led the industry to speed up, with distribution working at a particularly high pace.
  • There is no set path into the publishing industry. You can certainly spot some patterns (see tips below), but many atypical paths exist. One example is an Animation graduate turned Digital Marketing Manager with a background mainly in music promotion. Another is the founder of a Dialogue Books, who got there via bookselling/being a Production Runner/studying Politics&Anthropology as a mature student and more!

Tips to get into publishing

  • Be persistent in trying to get some industry experience via formal work experience/intern schemes and approaching publishers speculatively. However, extended periods of unpaid work experience/shadowing is not expected.
  • Paid work that is particularly valued is book selling and office experience outside the publishing industry. Blogging, using Twitter well and reading industry press are also valued.
  • Have an open mind about which work experience opportunities and entry level roles to go for. The less glamorous sounding will attract less competition and still be very useful experience.
  • Commercial awareness, organisation, team work and communication/negotiation skills are valued for all
  • When applying for opportunities don’t waste too much space telling the publishing company how awesome they are; tell them how you can help them be even more awseome!

 

How to find out more

Start by getting a fuller view of the publishing industry and roles on TARGETjobs; the Publishers Association and Creative Skillset.

Join the Society of Young Publishers (not just for young professionals – student membership is £24/yr); they run great events, an online advice forum, a magazine, a jobs database and more. They have a Northern branch that runs fantastic and reachable events.

Get some industry experience. Hachette UK run a work experience scheme and also Fresh Chapters internships. For other opportunities, follow publishers on Facebook/Twitter (the ‘Publishing’ list on @SHUCareersHums is a good place to start). Try a speculative approach with smaller publishers, including those outside London. For help with finding free accommodation for one week in London, visit the Spare Room Project. There is also help from the Book Trade Charity on offer for people looking to get into the industry.

REMEMBER, you can book an appointment with an Employability Adviser for practical support with job search and applications.

Future Legal Mind Award 2018 Offers £5,000 Top Prize

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​The annual Future Legal Mind Award for undergraduate law students launches this week.

Find out how to enter.

The 4th Future Legal Mind Award opens for entries this week, offering UK law undergraduates the chance to win £5,000 and a valuable work placement.

The award, sponsored by National Accident Helpline, offers the country’s brightest legal minds a head start in the highly competitive legal industry.

Last year’s Future Legal Mind Award winner, Hana Kapadia, said: “Winning the competition will undoubtedly provide a huge boost to my CV, and is a huge aid financially, giving me a sense of security towards funding my studies.

I would definitely recommend entering the Future Legal Mind Award 2018.”

Entrants are required to submit an original essay on a specific subject relevant to today’s legal profession.

This year’s Future Legal Mind essay question is:

“The personal injury legal sector is frequently attacked by government, insurers and media as ambulance-chasing lawyers seeking to promote a compensation culture. What can organisations in the personal injury legal sector do differently in order to dispel the misconceptions and bring integrity back to claiming compensation?”

Essays must be a maximum of 1,300 words, excluding footnotes and a 100-word summary and need to be submitted by January 14th, 2018.

Other previous winners and shortlisted candidates also say the award has enhanced their career prospects and has been great thing to have on their CVs, including 2016 winner Tom Phillips, who said:

“I have no doubt that winning the competition has provided a significant boost to my CV and will ultimately help me to obtain pupillage. I would encourage all law students to enter the Future Legal Mind Award – it is a unique and valuable opportunity.”

Simon Trott, Managing Director of National Accident Helpline and chair of judges for Future Legal Mind Award 2018, said: “At National Accident Helpline, we set standards for our solicitors, and we believe that it is crucial to attract the very best people to the legal sector.

“With that in mind, in 2014 we introduced the annual Future Legal Mind Essay Award, to bring recognition to young legal talent who share our passion for giving customers the best service.

“Our winner is awarded with a financial contribution towards their studies and work experience at one of our high quality legal firms.

“It’s been heartening to see the positive impact the last three years’ awards has had on our winners, and we are excited to be offering this chance to a new group of students for Future Legal Mind Award 2018.”

You can read more about the award, and enter your essay, at: www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/future-legal-mind

This week in the Careers & Employability Centre

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Have a look and see what is taking place within the Careers and Employability Centre this week.

To book, please visit the Careers and Employability Centre or visit: https://unihub.shu.ac.uk/

 

Come to our careers fair on Thursday 23rd March

With our Spring Fair taking place on Thursday 23rd March, this is your chance to meet with dozens of local, national and international employers who are offering graduate recruitment, internship and placement opportunities.

If you want to hear five great reasons why you should attend our careers fair, have a look at the video below:

To book your attendance at the fair, please click here.

If you’re already attending, then here’s some great student tips on how to prepare for the fair!

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 23rd March between 11am – 3pm in Hallam Hall and the Careers and Employability Centre.

Don’t miss your chance to be a CEO for the day

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Ever wondered what it’s like to be the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a multi-national company – the meetings that take place, the important decisions to be made, the hours worked and the people you network with?

Thanks to one of the UK’s leading executive search firm Odgers Berndtson, now you can as part of their CEO for a Day programme.

This unique opportunity allows University students to apply to spend a day shadowing a top CEO in order to learn from the UK’s most experienced leaders. It’s also designed to uncover promising future leaders and give students the opportunity to walk in the shoes of a senior executive.

Students go through a rigorous recruitment process, including online assessments and face-to-face interviews with our partners and consultants. Each finalist spends a day shadowing a CEO and learning about their background, career path, and an opportunity to transfer skills and better understand what drives these future leaders.

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CEO for a Day launched in the UK in 2016 with 15 undergraduates from UK universities chosen to shadow a cross-section of leaders for a day. Participating companies and organisations included BT, ITV, Standard Chartered, Deloitte, Legal & General, The Cabinet Office and the National Trust.

So have you got what it takes to be a great leader in 2017? Then apply for this unique work experience opportunity.

Students are required to complete the application form, upload their CV and answer the following two questions.

About you: Please tell us about your career goals (100 words max.)

Your thoughts on leadership: Please answer the following question in under 500 words… What are the most important attributes of good leadership? (500 words max.)

Applications are now open and close at the end of June.

For more information including how to apply visit: https://unihub.shu.ac.uk/students/events/detail/432789/ceo-for-day-have-you-got-what- 

How we can help you during National Careers Week

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Helping students to plan out the next steps of their careers is an everyday occurrence here at Sheffield Hallam University.

This week is no exception as we host a series of events to support the 2017 National Careers Week.

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These events include:

To book your space, click the link on each event.

Nominations open for the Student Employee of The Year Awards 2017

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Be a part of the UK’s largest student awards and get the reward you deserve for working alongside your studies and you could be Student Employee of The Year 2017 (SEOTY). 

Amazing companies don’t exist without exceptional employees. Make sure your boss nominates you for your hard work and in return, why not nominate them in the best employer category.

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A SEOTY nomination will give you a stand out CV when applying for jobs. This is your chance to be a regional winner in the categories below;

  • Above and Beyond Award – The category for student workers who regularly go above required duties.
  • Step Up To Leadership Award – The category celebrating future Managers and business leaders.
  • Commercial Impact Award – The category for student workers who have made an impact on the profits or sales of a business.

All nominees are invited to our SHU Awards evening where winners will be announced who will then go on to the regional and then national awards to be crowned National Student Employee of The Year 2017.

Send your boss the link and nominate now for the reward you deserve. Nominations open until Wednesday 19th April 2017.

Send the link to your boss or nominate your employer at: http://www.nases.org.uk/seoty

Celebrate International Women’s Day at the Careers & Employability Centre

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International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity and IWD can be an important catalyst and vehicle for driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity. The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap wont close entirely until 2186.

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Wednesday 8th March at the Careers and Employability Centre.

Women In Business: 11.30am – 1.30pm

We have invited five women entrepreneurs across a range of business sectors to come and share their business experiences with you. The areas of business range from social enterprise to pharmaceuticals to photography. There will be a chance to ask questions and time for informal discussions with the entrepreneurs over refreshments at the end.

To book onto this event, click here.

Women In STEM: 2pm – 3.30pm

We have invited women speakers in different industry areas within the STEM sector to share their career experiences with you. There will be a chance to ask questions and time for informal discussions with the speakers over refreshments at the end.

To book onto this event, click here.

Both events are aimed at women students on all courses but is open to all students to attend.

Find part-time jobs to fit around your timetable at the Work While You Study Fair

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Our Work While You Study Fair takes place on Wednesday 22nd February from 11am – 2pm in the Careers and Employability Centre and gives you the opportunity to meet employers offering part-time jobs, including evening and weekend work to fit alongside your study.

Employers are here to see you so bring your CV, talk to great local and national companies and make yourself more employable.

Our fairs can offer you the vital work experience needed to gain a competitive edge once you’ve graduated. In today’s job market, recruiters will be looking for stand out work experience and this fair is the ideal opportunity for you to find the right job to fulfil your potential.

No need to book a place; just arrive on the day ready to meet companies and secure work to earn cash whilst you study.

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We also advertise hundreds of part time jobs via the following link: Part Time Jobs

Don’t miss this opportunity to talk to companies and make an impression. You might be talking to your future boss!

Companies booked on so far include;

  • Apple
  • British Army
  • Crew Clothing Company
  • Explore Learning
  • G4S Events
  • Global Security Stewarding Ltd
  • HCS UK
  • Magna
  • Master Class Education
  • NHS Professionals
  • Rotherham United Community Sports Trust – NCS
  • The Challenge
  • The Leadmill

Look out for more great local and national employers booking on in the run up to the fair.