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Work in publishing

Characteristics required:

To land a publishing job you'll need to be confident, qualified and ambitious, with a passion for reading books as well as knowledge of industry trends and your target audience.

'Graduates should consider a career in the industry if they are passionate about reading and interested in what makes people read the books they do,' explains Carolyn Mays, managing director of Hodder & Stoughton.

Opportunities exist in editorial, design, production, marketing and sales departments and, with the popularity of eBooks, the growing digital market.


Training takes place mainly on the job although larger publishers may have structured training programmes for new entrants or may commission customised training.

For courses which can be studied online throughout the year take a look at Publishing Training Centre.

Training and advice for careers in publishing is available from the Professional Publishers Association (PPA).