Publishers showcase industry careers this Work in Publishing Week

AcademicConsumerEducationPress Release

Work in Publishing Week is a national campaign to inspire young people aged 14-24 to pursue a career in publishing, taking place from Monday 18th November to Sunday 24th November this year.  

Take part in #WorkinPublishing week by sharing why you work in publishing and what you love most about your job. You may also want to link to your careers website or information about publishing careers on the Publishers Association website. More information and resources can be found here.

This year, Work in Publishing Week coincides with Discover! Creative Careers Week, a weeklong event led by Creative and Cultural Skills that aims to help teenagers discover the breadth of jobs on offer in the UK’s fastest-growing sector.

Ruth Howells, Deputy Director of External Affairs at the Publishers Association, said: “It’s fantastic to see such a range of activity planned for this year’s Work in Publishing Week. The publishing industry has embraced the campaign as a helpful and impactful way to showcase the variety of jobs available across the sector and how varied and rewarding a career in publishing can be. Thanks to everyone who has got involved. By combining different voices under one banner, we hope this year’s campaign will reach more people than ever before.”

Activity taking place includes:

  • And Other Stories and Peepal Tree Press are hosting a Publishing Open Day in Sheffield.
  • Austin Macauley Publishers have created a ‘Work in Publishing’ guide which they are sending to schools across the UK to help inform Key Stage 4 students how to develop a career in publishing.
  • Cambridge University Press are running CV workshops with students at a local sixth form college.
  • Cardiff University are hosting a Working in Publishing panel with panellists from Faber and Oxford University Press.
  • Comma Press will be posting about their Get a Job in Publishing 2019 conference with blog posts, video content and quote cards about why they work in publishing and what their day to day entails.
  • Emerald Publishing is running a social media campaign including interviews with employees sharing their stories of working in publishing.
  • Hachette are hosting a Discover! event at their office. As part of this they are conducting a tour, hosting a selection of talks and a publishing workshop.
  • HarperCollins will be visiting and hosting ‘working in publishing’ sessions with six secondary schools in Southwark.
  • Penguin Random House is shining a spotlight on some of the many different roles available in the publishing industry through a new video and blog series on its website and careers channels. The series will provide personal stories and insights from colleagues   which give a flavour of what each role involves day-to-day and showcase how varied working in publishing can be.

The key aims of this cross-publishing initiative led by the Publishers Association are to:

  • Provide practical support and guidance for those looking to enter the industry including CV and interview tips
  • Showcase the breadth of career opportunities in publishing, from editorial to rights, audio, marketing and IT, through case studies and job profiles
  • Champion industry professionals from diverse backgrounds through case studies with employees at all levels of the publishing business
  • Show that publishing is a dynamic and exciting industry