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Speed dating with the SYP

Posted at 2:10PM Friday 21 Feb 2014

The Society of Young Publishers was once again attempting to make interns dreams come true on Thursday night by organising a career speed dating event in central London. Held amongst the old world charm of the Phoenix Artist Club, the event asked members successful in their particular field – specifically editorial, publicity, digital, sales and marketing – to sup wine and advise hopeful young bucks on the way to attain the dream jobs they currently hold.

The questions were for once in the hands of those seeking employment, and topics discussed varied from how to ace an interview to the merits of each publishing department. Each participant was able to move round the room in a group to each department's table in 20 minute slots, offering the opportunity to compare different roles and attain feedback from varied perspectives. It was clear that the routes into publishing are not restricted to a publishing MA or a graduate scheme. The similarity between everyone advising the young hopefuls was that they had all worked very hard to get to the other side of the table. They were only too glad to share their stories and offer guidance, in the hope that the advice might register and go on to create the new generation of entry level publishers.

#CareerSpeedDating @SYP_UK

Amy Perkins @AmyPerky

thesyp.org.uk




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