Working out the ‘how’

This is the first post I’ve written about my journey to crack the Publishing industry. I haven’t really posted anything up until now because, to be honest, I haven’t been getting very far, but that’s okay because I have a feeling it will take some time. As is often the case with life in general, I know what I want to do, I’m just struggling with the how-to-get-there part.

First of all, I considered applying for a Masters in Publishing in London. It seemed like a good idea because I love learning and I just wasn’t quite ready to let go of university yet, but reality quickly set in. I recently graduated from York St. John university, which was an amazing experience, and it seemed that the best thing to do was to get some solid work experience. So I found a job in retail and that’s what I’m doing now. My aim is to become an editorial assistant, which involves a lot of admin work, so it made sense to try and find a role as an admin assistant somewhere, but making that happen proved more difficult than I anticipated. As with most jobs, employers want you to have experience, which I suppose is understandable, but I also hoped there’d be a company out there willing to train up someone like me. It turned out there wasn’t, so I’m now onto Plan B. Continue working in retail. Save money. Apply for internships over the summer, and hope that it leads to a job offer.

More recently I started rethinking the Masters plan, but as ever, money is the main obstacle keeping me from going ahead with it. Postgraduate loans require you to find most of your own funding, and even with the new Government loan that’s recently been rolled out, I’d still need to find £7000/£8000 to cover London’s expensive living costs. I considered commuting and staying in hotels on the days that I’d need to be in uni, but that would make it difficult to hold down a job to cover my living expenses, so it’s looking like the Masters thing won’t happen, even though I really want it to.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. In the meantime, I’m trying to be as productive with my free time as possible, so that when I finally get that all-important interview, I’m prepared. In a way, I’ve kind of been doing my own Masters degree. I bought myself a nice fat notepad, and started researching as much about the industry as I could. I’m looking at trends in the market, different job roles, job vacancies, information about work experience and internships, and I’ve subscribed to The Bookseller to keep up-to-date with all the latest news from the industry. And whenever I begin to feel like it might never happen, I take heart from this quote that I found right here on Tumblr:

I am learning everyday to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me”. 

I suppose these are the days I’ll look back on eventually with irony, thinking about how dramatic it all seemed. These days will pave the way for what comes later, and then it will all seem worth it. For now, I’m just going to keep my chin up and forge ahead. After all, if everything in life was easy, what would be the point?


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