Life of a Publishing Student – Week 6 (Skills Week)

Life of a Publishing Student – Week 6 (Skills Week)

This series follows my experience as a publishing media masters student. You can catch up on last weeks post, here. This week was a really intense week as it was skills week! Here’s what went down in week 6:

Skills, Skills and More Skills

This week was a packed week of sessions based on different publishing related skills. We had report writing on Monday, Microsoft Excel training and a proofreading lecture on Tuesday. Wednesday saw Neilson Bookscan training and an interesting session on data and how to tell stories through data. Other sessions that were available included, balance sheet training and a whole day of creating a website and the importance of building an online presence.

Skills week, killed me. I think it was just a lot of technical, mathematical things. Personally, I really, really struggle with maths and I’m actually in the process of being screened for dyscalculia. It is a form of dyslexia associated with severe difficulty in making arithmetical calculations. I found myself sitting there during the Excel and Data sessions just wanting to cry because my brain just couldn’t solve the problems and everyone else around me was powering through. Then I start beating myself up because I cant do it and won’t ask for help out of sheer embarrassment.

*sigh* Let’s just say I am very much looking forward to going back to our normal schedule next week!

If at first you don’t succeed try, try and try again.

This week I applied for a really exciting opportunity to attend the Future Book Forum in Munich! It was a fantastic opportunity to contribute to discussions on bringing communities together with publishers. I have a lot of experience in this area so and it is something I am so passionate about so I was really hoping to be chosen but, I wasn’t. If I’m honest, I felt really disappointed. After spending 12 months seeking employment, getting absolutely nowhere, constantly being told “your background in X is amazing but…” and having to hear it again, well, it sucked!

I am not about to let one opportunity get me down though. I am sure there will be plenty more and I am almost certain it wont be the last time I hear those words. It’s all about how you overcome setbacks, pick yourself up and move forward!

Thomas Waters and Lucie McKnight Hardy on Black Magic

For Halloween me and a few others from our course decided to head to a talk by Thomas Waters and Lucie McKnight at Blackwell’s bookshop about black magic. It was super interesting to hear about! I don’t normally have any Halloween plans so it was nice to get out.

Afterwards we decided to head to the pub but it was extremely busy so me and Lucie went to find somewhere quieter as she wasn’t feeling well. I’d like to give a massive shout out to her for being super supportive of me. Shes such an uplifting friend and I appreciate her a lot. Go and check out her website, shes a very talented lady!

Next week: I have a proofreading test, a design deadline and it’s my 24th birthday!

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