Monday, 6 March 2017

Writing about Writing

Last week I went to a careers seminar with a selection of alumni from the English department who came back to speak to us about careers in writing and the publishing industry. I went along because I wanted to see if they had an advice and top tips on how to land yourself a job in publishing because it can be really hard. I was so pleased with the work experience placement I managed to land myself at Scholastic last summer so I was hoping to see if these alumni could also help me decide if publishing would be something I would actually want to do full time.

Although it did not get me any closer to deciding what I want to do all it has slightly made me question my decision about doing a Masters degree straight out of university. My big news, that many of you already know, is that about a month ago I decided that I was going to accept my offer to study International Relations at ULIP in Paris for a year. This is still what I am planning to do. However, the prospect of applying for a job at Scholastic where I did my work experience is more than tempting. They currently have an Editorial Assistant's position available which would be ideal for me. Working in Children's books would be so much fun and it would be really great to not study anymore and actually earn some decent money for a change. So part of my wants to do this and sack off the Masters for a couple of years, but on the other hand I keep thinking that I can always work at some point and as I'm going to be most likely working for the next 50 years of my life why not take a year to do a Masters, live in Paris and travel a bit, I wouldn't do it otherwise, would I?

So you see, dear readers, I am in a bit of a pickle. Don't get me wrong, it is a lovely problem to have, but a problem nonetheless. Although I am getting ahead of myself, I haven't even got the job yet! But is it worth applying... One thing is for sure, though, that the careers seminar did remind me is how much I like writing. I don't mean writing essays or stories or anything, I mean writing chatty blog posts and vaguely informative travel pieces. I mean that would be my ideal job, to be a travel journalist but I'm not sure I could deal with the lack of stability within my work, not knowing where the next pay cheque is going to come from. Anyway, it's food for thought...

Have a good week my loves!

Lots of Love, Kate xxx

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