27 July 2016

Penguin Job Hack Event | #PRHJobHack

Penguin Job Hack Event | #PRHJobHack birmingham event

Last week Penguin Random House hosted their first ever Job Hack event. After going through the application process, I was lucky enough to secure myself a place to attend the newly introduced workshop in Birmingham.

Penguin is probably the most familiar publishers among us all, so you can imagine my excitement when I found out they were hosting a day to give advice to young people who were interested in the publishing sector and wanted to know more about what is involved in it.

As I study English literature at university, people automatically assume I want to be an author or a teacher (the amount of times people presume that is my dream job is unreal). I have always had a love for books and reading, but anything to do with writing or editorial roles just isn't for me. I was a bit lost, but I applied to attend this one-day event just to see what else there is to offer in a publishing environment that doesn't consistent of the two roles previously mentioned.

Penguin Job Hack Event | #PRHJobHack birmingham event pr

Penguin Job Hack Event | #PRHJobHack birmingham event

To my delight, there are many other careers that remain in the publishing sector but also involve other passions of mine. There were members of the Penguin Random House team who attended and gave us talks about their roles at the company and what they do, as well as explaining how they managed to get into the position they are now in. This gave a wonderful insight into what the world of publishing is like first-hand, and what we can do to enter it. Since I have a huge interest in PR and Marketing, I found it particularly interesting to hear what happens on a day-to-day basis as well as the difference between these two roles. There was also a lovely lady from the Digital Projects team who talked to us about her role in the publishing process, making me realise just how technology is incorporated into a world that is usually known for its traditional physical books.

Attending the event has made me realise that I do have a passion for the publishing industry, and that I shouldn't let myself feel boxed in just because I don't want to be an author or editor, or any roles that are commonly associated with the industry. Instead, it has given me the motivation I needed to pursue my passion of entering a company that I would truly enjoy working in (such as Penguin Random House of course!) and to work hard to get the position that I want. There are so many aspects of the publishing sector, like many companies actually, that there is sure to be something for everyone if you are really passionate about what they do.

This is the first of many Job Hack events that Penguin Random House hope to host, so I recommend to keep an eye out on their twitter account (@PRHcareersUK) to see if they are coming to an area near you because I found it helpful in clarifying what the publishing industry is all about.

Are you interested in the publishing industry? Or do your interests lie elsewhere? Leave a comment below.


  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful time at the event, hun! I'm glad that it was so good and informative for you. :) Picking a career in life can be difficult - I studied Art, then switched to Criminology and now ended up working in IT, haha. <3 Blogging is my passion but I think it's a little out of reach for it to ever turn into a proper career, I wish! Good luck with your goals hun and thanks for sharing. <3


    1. Aww thank you! It really is so hard to choose a career, but I guess you just need to follow your passions which is what I'm hoping to do with this blog and my work experience choices x

  2. What a great opportunity. That's amazing that it was so helpful to you. You should always fo for what you want in life but finding what that is can be hard sometimes! Good luck with it all.

    Amina xx | www.AliandHer.com

    1. Aw thank you! I totally agree, it can be difficult but I'll get there eventually haha x