a career in publishing and becoming an editor

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Esmerussell
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I'm a first year history student, wanting to become an editor and have a couple of questions.
firstly, does the fact i haven't taken English for either a level or degree matter?
secondly, how much work experience would you recommend having to become an editorial assistant?
thirdly, how hard and competitive is it to become one seeing as it is a very competitive sector?
thank you for your help
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I know a few editors and editorial assistants whose undergrads were in law, stem subjects, theology or sociology.
I would recommend a lot of networking in the publishing industry, going to events and doing internships if possible.
The publishing sector is intensely competitive; many people benefit from their family relationships and those without assistance from family members have to be very patient as they make their own way.
Good luck!
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(Original post by Esmerussell)
I'm a first year history student, wanting to become an editor and have a couple of questions.
firstly, does the fact i haven't taken English for either a level or degree matter?
secondly, how much work experience would you recommend having to become an editorial assistant?
thirdly, how hard and competitive is it to become one seeing as it is a very competitive sector?
thank you for your help
Publishing is a competitive sector and can be hard to break into. Work experience is key into getting your foot into the door. I have a family member who completed a degree in English who went on to work in Publishing. During her time at university, she took part in a lot of extracurriculars, for example, running the student newspaper. She also loves books, which is a good idea if you want to get into publishing! After university, she took a short paid internship in a small publishing house. After this, it was a few months (she attended a number of interviews) before she landed her first proper job in publishing and since then, she has built up a career and good contacts in this sector, and working in London.

It isn't necessary to complete a degree in English but you do need to show an interest in the field. Completing work experience and networking can help, and you do need to work hard and put the effort in. My family member says publishing isn't renowned for high salaries but she hugely enjoys the work that she does.
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(Original post by londonmyst)
I know a few editors and editorial assistants whose undergrads were in law, stem subjects, theology or sociology.
I would recommend a lot of networking in the publishing industry, going to events and doing internships if possible.
The publishing sector is intensely competitive; many people benefit from their family relationships and those without assistance from family members have to be very patient as they make their own way.
Good luck!
Thank you!
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(Original post by cheesecakelove)
Publishing is a competitive sector and can be hard to break into. Work experience is key into getting your foot into the door. I have a family member who completed a degree in English who went on to work in Publishing. During her time at university, she took part in a lot of extracurriculars, for example, running the student newspaper. She also loves books, which is a good idea if you want to get into publishing! After university, she took a short paid internship in a small publishing house. After this, it was a few months (she attended a number of interviews) before she landed her first proper job in publishing and since then, she has built up a career and good contacts in this sector, and working in London.

It isn't necessary to complete a degree in English but you do need to show an interest in the field. Completing work experience and networking can help, and you do need to work hard and put the effort in. My family member says publishing isn't renowned for high salaries but she hugely enjoys the work that she does.
Thank you!
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