Guest blog – Getting a job in fashion in London


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If you’re interested in one of the varied roles in fashion – be it journalism, PR, buying, marketing or tech – find out more from Lyst’s post (global fashion search platform).

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CAREERS BLOG: Careers in writing – part 4 Author


UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant. 

Last in our series, Kate looks at the work of an author.

What do authors do? 

Write books! Many authors supplement their income with related roles like teaching creative writing, editing and proof-reading services, copy writing. 

Who would you work for? 

Freelance for the writing. Other roles (above) could be done as a freelancer or you could be employed by a university, college, publishing firm etc. 

Are there actually any jobs in this sector? 

Yes, but you have to create the opportunities. Getting an agent is still the most common way of getting a book to market- you’ll need to find an agent who is interested in your type of work and submit a cover letter with your book (giving them a reason to read it!). Twitter is a good way to identify specific agents and their interests and you can use The Writers & Artist’s Yearbook. The average advance for an author in the UK is £6,600 (June 2015), hence the need for a portfolio career. 

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CAREERS BLOG: Careers in writing (part 2 – Literary Agent)


UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant, Careers

Next in our series covering careers in writing, we look at the work of a Literary Agent.

What do they do? 

A few things:

  • Discover new authors.
  • Provide editorial feedback and help authors to polish their work before submitting to publishers.
  • Pitch books to publishers, negotiate fees, process all the legal work.
  • Provide on-going support to authors and act as the liaison between author and publisher. 

Who would you work for? 

A literary agency, rather than a publishing firm.

E.g. http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/section/about-us 

Are there actually any jobs in this sector? 

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CAREERS BLOG: Careers in writing (part 1 – Copywriter)


UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant, Careers

Journalism is often the obvious choice for a career in writing, but there are other areas where a way with words is central to the role….

I recently met with some writing professionals who gave me some great insights into their careers and these are the key things I think you will be interested in.

Copy Writer:

What do they do?

Copy writers focus on the tone of the message, rather than the content. You could be composing tantalising menu descriptions, creating informative but engaging health & safety signage at a train station or sensitively wording redundancy letters…

Who would you work for?

  • An agency, working for many different brands on many different projects.
  • In-house, as the “voice” for a specific employer.
  • Freelance.

Are there actually any jobs in this sector?

Yes, it’s a growing area as businesses are investing more money into the way their company “sounds”, rather than just the visuals of a brand.

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CAREERS BLOG: Hidden web gems – job sectors


UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Resources Manager, Careers

Where do you look for jobs in marketing? What are the professional associations in the environment sector? What can you do at York to improve your chances of getting into politics and public affairs?

You can find out the answers to these questions and more on the Careers website’s job sector pages.

Split into Explore the sector and Getting into the sector, you can find out what the sector involves, the skills you’ll need and what work experience would be useful. There’s also advice on how to research the sector, and consider whether it’s the right one for you. All in one handy place.

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Working in…


UoY Careers Ladder illy If you’re interested in working in any of the following sectors:

  • Media, journalism & publishing
  • Arts & heritage
  • Environment & sustainability

you can’t afford to miss our Working in… event next week.

  • Date: Thursday 26 February
  • Time: 6.15pm – 8.30pm
  • Venue: Physics & Exhibition Centre.

The evening starts with three question & answer panels (running simultaneously), with professionals answering your questions on what it’s like to work in these sectors. Then you can grab a drink and chat informally with the panel members.

Many of the professionals attending are York alumni – so a great chance to discuss your next steps with someone who’s been in your shoes.

There’s no need to book, but it helps if you do – we can then order enough refreshments for everyone!

Check out further details, including who’s going to be there at Working in web page.

Word Experience is back and ready for applications!


Word Experience is back and we’re ready for your applications.
Here are some details about how you can get involved.

Hello, we’re The Writer (thewriter.com), the world’s largest language consultancy.

The world’s best (and most humble) language consultancy is running a two-day workshop on 26th and 27th March 2015. We’re looking for 20 undergraduates who love writing to come and get inspired to write for a living. And if you’re really good, we might ask you to be one of our two paid apprentices.

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