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Ways into the publishing industry

So, you want to work in the publishing industry?

Don't know where to start? Well, you're in the right place.

We can't guarantee you a job in publishing and there are no set routes in, but we can give you advice on the different options you have that can increase your chances of getting your foot in the door.

What are your options when you leave school?

You might want to go straight into work after leaving school or you might want to go on to do further study. 

If you already have an idea about what job you want to do in publishing, have a look at our publishing job roles and see whether you need to have any particular qualifications to do that role, and what are the best routes in.

Two main options you might want to consider after you leave school are:

Apprenticeships

With apprenticeships, you can earn and learn, working in the publishing industry while you learn both on the job and at college, so as to give you really strong foundations on which to build your career.

Publishing roles are covered within:

Creative Skillset Tick logoThe industry has worked with us to assess apprenticeship programmes for the quality of the training they give you and the close links they have with employers. The best ones have been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick - click here to see a list of Tick apprenticeship training programmes.

Have a look at these apprenticeships - what you'll learn and the roles you could apply for - and have a think about whether you want to get stuck in straight away or whether university might be more up your street.

Degree courses

Creative Skillset Tick logoIf you want to do a degree course, you need to know about the Creative Skillset Tick.

This is the quality mark that's awarded by industry to the degree courses that have the closest links with industry, that provide the highest level of industry-relevant education, and that offer the facilities that match what's being used in the industry.

Have a look at the industry-approved publishing degree courses and choose which one's right for you:

Each course will be different and each will have its own entry requirements, so check these on the universities' websites - this will help you work out which course is right for you.