‘If you like reading then this is the perfect job’
Halfway through my two week’s work
experience at Penguin Children’s and I am already worrying it is coming to an
end! On other placements I’ve found myself making hundreds of cups of coffee
and dragging out minimal tasks, but I quickly came to realise at Puffin boredom
is not an option!
On my first day I stared at an Italian
Patisserie in complete bemusement, ‘How could this be 80 Strand?’
It was only when I looked a little to the left I realised – now that is 80 Strand. Facing me was a huge building with masses of
people spilling in and out of the large, revolving doors.
After being greeted at reception by the
fiction department’s editorial assistant, Laura, I felt much more at home. The
tour around the building was a little daunting (it’s enormous!) and I soon couldn’t even remember which way I’d
come in. However I was soon settled at my desk, with my very own Apple desktop
– not a bad setup! Everyone was very welcoming and the atmosphere’s
light-hearted and friendly, albeit with a healthy presence of tension as
editors race to meet their deadlines.
My days are mainly filled with the exciting
task of creating a submission report. Although this may sound dull it is not –
I promise! If you like reading then this is the perfect job. I get in, settle
down with a cup of coffee and read away. The best thing is I get to put an
opinion on the piece I’m reading, basically assessing whether I spent the
morning falling asleep or hanging on for more.
It’s been a very good week and I welcome
the next with open arms. And not only will I be leaving Penguin with a lot of
new experience, but a stack of new books to match!
Work Experience, Editorial
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