Part Four: University Wales Press
Wow so it’s been a little while since I wrote my last post about my publishing work experience, but I’ve been more than a little sad when it comes to writing this one. UWP was my last placement and my longest (I was there for seven months), it’s probably what got me my current job and I’ll always be grateful to them for that.
So first things first, this placement was unpaid. I did two days a week and they were very flexible with me, but at the end of the day, seven months unpaid is seven months unpaid. I could work this placement around my part-time job, and it was only twenty minutes away from my home in Wales, so this worked well for me at the time. UWP is a small not for profit academic publisher so I understand why the couldn’t pay me, but I wouldn’t do this placement unless you’re a student at Cardiff University or local to the office!
I worked with the Marketing and Sales team, who were absolutely lovely, and I ended up doing a lot of admin while I was there. I pulled together review lists, dealt with mailouts and a franking machine, and at one point reorganised their library and stock room! It was a lot of grunt work but alongside this I got to write press releases, format marketing plans, and use different publishing applications. It was all really valuable experience and made up for my lack of an admin role when I applied for my job at OUP.
I really felt like I was taking steps forward at this placement, and they gave me more responsibility towards the end which was lovely. I got to take creative responsibility for certain things, and they treated me like I was part of the team which was wonderful! The one thing I will say is I think this role would be more valuable for a Welsh speaker, as not only do they publish a lot of Welsh language literature, they also more often than not speak Welsh in the office.
I definitely think I got some of my most valuable publishing experience from this placement, and I would do it again in a heart beat! I’d highly recommend finding a flexible placement like this if you’re currently a student, it’ll give you valuable experience leaving university and give you a leg up in the industry!
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