BA English Literature and MA Publishing student Kate Graham tells us her experience

After completing a BA (Hons) English Literature at the University of Central Lancashire in 2016, Kate was attracted to continuing her learning. She felt that studying a master’s course in Publishing was a better option than unpaid work experience in London. It would prepare her more for working in the publishing industry and enhance her employability.

Before graduating from her masters in 2017, Kate applied for marketing and publishing jobs in London, Manchester and her home county of Cumbria. In August 2017, she was offered the role of Marketing Assistant in the education team at Scholastic, who are the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a provider of educational books, magazines and online resources.

In February 2018, Kate moved to the trade team in the same company and took up the job of Senior Marketing Assistant. For the next six months, she worked across different titles before being promoted to her current position of Marketing Officer in August 2018.

Kate Graham
Kate Graham

In this role, Kate works on the marketing for Scholastic Children's Books, the trade side of the business, including digital and print marketing for campaigns from big children's brands such as Tom Gates, through to young adult novels.

Reflecting on her time at the University of Central Lancashire, Kate spoke about her lasting memories: “Being able to have such a fantastic industry insight, despite not being anywhere near London, and the wonderful friendships I made on my masters course.”

Completing her postgraduate study at UCLan has had a positive impact on her career. 

"I am pretty sure I wouldn't have the job I do today without having completed the MA in Publishing. It is difficult to get into the London-based publishing industry, but the commitment of course alumni and the tutors meant that we got a lot of practical skills and experience from the course."

Kate Graham

When asked for advice to give to students and graduates wanting to pursue the same career, Kate said: “MA Publishing really does help to prepare you for the industry and is a very unique course. If you don't think you can afford to do work placements in London, the masters still provides excellent experience and industry insight.”

Where next?

  • Publishing, MA

    The award-winning MA Publishing course at the University of Central Lancashire has been designed to provide you with the vocational and practical skills vital for you to pursue a successful career in publishing.

  • Publishing House

    Our Publishing room is a space for publishing students to use as part of their studies. It's stocked full of titles from our own Publishing House.

  • How to become a publisher

    Publishing is competitive field, but there are ways to make yourself stand out. Find out how to become a publisher.

    Wednesday 3 April 2024