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.
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.”