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PUBLISHING READ All AboUT iT! Always wanted to see your name in print? A career in the publishing industry could be written in the stars... Editorial assistant WoRDS: Jessie bland | PiCTURES: Getty images W 070 ith more than 195,000 employees, and a turnover of around £10.1 billion GVA (Gross Value Added) to its name, the publishing world is renowned for being a cut-throat and hard-working industry, but it's also a very rewarding arena for those with journalistic flair, a creative eye or ready business acumen. Yes, you may have to work hard, and prove your worth along the way, but shouldn't that be the case with any career path? While scenes from The Devil Wears Prada and 13 Going on 30 may immediately run through your mind (and cause a bead of sweat to run down your forehead), there's much more diversity to the UK publishing industry than often assumed. From glossy magazines to scientific journals to novels, there's a publication for pretty much every topic and every industry. business-to-business publications, for instance, are a significant employer in publishing, but they may produce magazines you've never heard of, as they're rarely sold on bookstands. So if you can't see yourself commenting on the latest beauty trends or writing about celebrity mishaps, fear not: publishing is a multi-faceted industry. For those seeking to clamber onto the first rung of the journalistic ladder, the post of Editorial Assistant tends to be the most coveted and indeed common route of entry. Depending upon the publication (book, magazine or journal) and the size of the company, the role can greatly vary: from a wholly administrative position, to one where you're regularly writing features for a magazine, to a post where you're writing blogs online and looking after social media. As well as a degree in English, Media or Journalism (undergraduate qualifications are usually a rite of passage), work experience is integral. To land yourself a junior job in an editorial team, you'll need to have demonstrable proof that you can write mistake-free articles with ease, organise your time (and that of others) and pitch in whenever help is needed, no matter how big or small the task. Try to gain experience on as many publications as possible (summer holidays are a great opportunity to fit in three or four one- or two-week placements). sub-Editor r in Fancy a caree out ind #publishing? F e more about th s le different job ro 1 w Depending upon your career path, you may become a Junior Sub-Editor as a first post, or work up from Editorial Assistant to a role in subbing. A Sub-Editor is responsible for writing catchy headlines for newspapers and magazines, checking spelling, re-wording articles if meaning is unclear, as well as checking for possible legal issues. Unsurprisingly, a keen eye for detail and a solid grasp of grammar are essential. You'll also need to be calm under pressure and able to work to tight deadlines – especially on a daily newspaper or weekly magazine. @SkillsetSSC

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jobs and Careers - Hilary Devey 2013

Ed's letter
Meet Hilary
Dress for success
Bags of style
Onwards and upwards
The path to enlightenment
On the job
Under operation
Under assessment
Question time
Rising up the ranks
Law and order
Make your search social
On the books
Getting graphic
Sowing the seeds
Making contact
On the move
Going green
Get the cogs turning
Building it up
On the factory floor
Engineering change
Take it up a gear
A rainy-day career
Bank on it
Full house
Talk shop
A clean slate
Hungry work
Quench your thirst
At your leisure
All's fair and square
Head in the clouds
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Jobs and Careers - Hilary Devey 2013