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Work in Publishing Week
Work in Publishing Week, a campaign led by the Publishers Association to promote careers in publishing, takes place this week from 19-23 November 2018.
In this article, three new graduate trainees at the Press share their experiences of working in publishing so far.
'Hello, we’re Katie, Niamh and Kate and we're on the Cambridge University Press Graduate Scheme which started in September 2018. The scheme involves working on a number of different projects across the business; we are currently on our first rotation where we are working in the education, procurement, and ELT (English Language Teaching) departments.
'On top of our own individual projects, we have been given the opportunity to collaborate on an exciting internal communications campaign, as well as take part in the Times Graduate Challenge where we were able to work on our leadership and teambuilding skills as well as plan and deliver a charity fundraising campaign.
'There is no such thing as an average day whilst you’re on the graduate scheme. Our days are filled with various training sessions, meetings, trips and many opportunities to connect directly to our customers. As we all work in different business areas and functions, we meet and work with many colleagues which allows us to network and gain a variety of experience across the Press. With four more rotations to go we have a lot of very interesting projects to work on.
'Niamh says: “I am currently based in the Education department where I am working with the Commissioning team. Working within the Education department has been fantastic, it is really exciting to see how they are connecting with their customers and reshaping the world of learning in the digital age"
'Katie says: “I am currently working in the Procurement team where I am involved in a number of tenders across the business. I have enjoyed working in a shared service as I have had a great overview of the business and the various teams that work in the Press. I am excited to start my next rotation in Academic where I’ll be working on an Open Access project.”
'Kate says: “I’m currently working in ELT operations with the programmes and processes team. They ensure the efficient delivery of global ELT publishing through managing the programmes that support publishing and documenting and refining the publishing process – a team you wouldn’t necessarily think of when you think of a publishing business, but an absolutely vital one. Next month I’ll be moving to customer services to develop an onboarding progamme for new starters. The variation of roles is amazing!”
'What’s so great about the graduate scheme is the sense of responsibility we are given from the outset. Our projects are making a significant impact on the business - whether it be the decision to publish a book, the way we manage and analyse our customer data, or how the Press deals with other businesses from a transactional perspective.
'The publishing industry has been traditionally been viewed as a place where you can only enter the industry with an English Literature-related background. However, the Cambridge University Press graduate scheme has had a strong focus on business acumen in recent years. We have all graduated with degrees in business-related areas, and it has been great to put the theory we learnt at university into practice in our projects.
'What we all love about working in publishing is the diversity of the industry. Through the graduate scheme, we have had the opportunity to meet people from every single area of the business, from the publishing groups and beyond, helping us to build a broad overview of the industry as well as identify our own specific areas of interest to help shape our personal career paths.'
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