Hi guys! So today, I’m writing a post that is both book-related and personal. Two birds with one stone, right? If you follow me on Twitter/have seen my recent tweets, you may know that I recently did a two-week work experience at Pan Macmillan in London. I wanted to write about my experience today, for any of you considering to do the same –or those of who you didn’t even know the option was there.
I had the opportunity to help in the publicity department for two weeks. First off, I want to say that the people were so kind to me. I was most nervous about that aspect beforehand! Because I don’t know anyone in London, I was afraid that I would feel so alone if I wouldn’t get along well or feel comfortable with the people at Macmillan. Being an introvert, that terrifies me. I’m not very good at integrating in new groups and environments immediately, but I definitely didn’t need to worry about that. It was an incredible environment to work in. During the past 3 years, I have seen many different forms of management and culture in my uni courses –as I do study business administration, and they should teach me something. If I had to describe Macmillan, I’d say that it was a trusting environment. Kind, not constantly checking up on you, and so on.
As for the actual work, I found it so interesting! Before, I didn’t really have a clue what the publicity department actually did. Now, that picture is much clearer. I learned a lot these past two weeks. Both in what a publicity/communications department does, and in skills. What I loved the most is that I got to make some press releases for books for review. I know that may not sound really exciting, but you can be very creative about it, which I very much enjoyed.
I can’t tell you how grateful I am for this experience. Both to Pan Macmillan, for accepting me into their ranks for two weeks, and to my parents –without them I would have never been able to go. I truly feel like I have grown so much over the past few weeks. I lived alone –which is not new to me– in a country where I don’t know anyone. That alone was new to me. And I got to experience what working in the publishing industry actually is like! I learned new skills, absorbed so much information, met great people and lived in an incredible city.
If you want to do an internship or work experience but are afraid you won’t get one because you’re not from the UK/wherever the internship is: go for it anyway. I never would have thought I’d be allowed to go, because I’m from Belgium, but it was absolutely no problem. I’m so glad I took a chance and sent in the request anyway!
Not only was I lucky enough to be allowed to do this work experience, I also received some amazing books! I’ll be making a London book haul, which will include quite the amount of books gifted to me by Macmillan. So you can look forward to that!