Work in Publishing Week 2020

Careers in PublishingNewsPress Release

The Publishers Association’s Work in Publishing campaign returns from Monday 16 to Friday 20 November. Work in Publishing Week aims to encourage young people between the ages of 14 and 24 to pursue a career in publishing.

Everyone working in publishing can join in with the campaign by sharing why they love to #WorkInPublishing and amplifying careers information that will be shared by the Publishers Association, publishers and other partners throughout the week. More information and resources can be found here.

Ruth Howells, Deputy Director of External Affairs at the Publishers Association, said:

“We are thrilled to be running our Work in Publishing campaign again this year and hope to reach more people than ever before. Thank you to everyone who has activity planned. There’s still time to get involved – we would love to see as many people as possible sharing insights and advice to inspire young people to join this vibrant and creative industry.”

Activity for this year’s Work in Publishing campaign includes:

  • HarperCollins will be doing schools outreach, providing downloadable CV advice and templates as well as hosting a webinar to de-mystify publishing and daily ‘How I got into Publishing’ Zoom panels.
  • Penguin Random House’s JobHack is going virtual for Work in Publishing Week and will feature talks throughout the week with different colleagues across the business speaking about their roles and career journeys. Penguin Random House is also supporting the Spare Zoom Project which will match people already working in the industry with people across the UK looking to learn more about a potential career in publishing, connecting them to have an informal 30-minute virtual conversation via Zoom.
  • Hachette will be sharing information about their year-long traineeship scheme with Creative Access for candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. Since the scheme began in 2017, all of the trainees on the programme have gone on to embark on careers within the publishing and creative industries, and 60% have continued in roles at Hachette UK. This year, Hachette UK has extended the programme due to COVID-19 and is proud to announce that 60% of the 2020 cohort have started permanent roles across the Group. 
  • The Publishers Association, Pop Up Projects and the House of Illustration have partnered to host five webinars which aim to support the professional development of aspiring and emerging illustrators from underrepresented and marginalised communities.
  • There will be a competition to win a year’s free membership of the Society of Young Publishers.
  • Inspired Selection will be hosting daily lunchtime twitter Q&As with sector specialists and will be sharing information about different areas of the industry across all their social channels throughout the week.