Yesterday the MA publishing group had a field trip to the fantastic Cambridge University Press University Printing House. We were told about various departments at the Press and heard talks from a variety of people including Richard Fisher (MD Academic and Professional Publishing), Dan Edwards (Senior Commissioning Editor, STM Journals), Helen Barton (Commissioning Editor, Linguistics), Alastair Horne (Communities and Social Media, ELT), Liz Warman (Global Content Production Director) and Fiona Kelly (Director of Intellectual Property, ELT).
Each speaker gave a brilliant insight into the workings of the Press and how they contribute to the thousands of titles published each year. There were also brief talks from former and current MA Publishing students who talked about their experiences at the Press and how they came to work there.
I found everything really interesting and it has definitely fuelled my ambition of wanting to work for the company. It was great to hear each person’s experience and to also hear about current ways the Press was changing to accommodate for the digital age.
We also got a tour around the Customer Services and HR Department. I am really excited for April as we shall get to visit the Printers for CUP. (More on that when it happens!)
Even if in the future I do end up working for a company as successful as Cambridge University Press, currently I am definitely undecided on which department I’d like to work in. Everything sounded so interesting. I think I would like to do something with ELT. I studied English Language and Linguistics and English Literature for my undergraduate degree (and also did a little teaching in Denmark a few years back), so the thought of going into that part of publishing would be something which I would find interesting.
Until then though, all I can do is work hard and hope that one day, it will all pay off.