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Emma Hare BA English, 2010

Account Director, The Bookseller

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I learnt so much - but a particular highlight (and one that has served me well in my career!) was learning to craft an essay – definitely a transferable skill to the working environment.

Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?
The range and quality of the English course really stood out to me.

What were your Southampton ‘highlights’ (best experiences)?
I loved every minute, but my third year was a real highlight- something really ‘clicked’, I enjoyed all my courses, and had some great field trips.
 
What did you enjoy most about your course?
I really felt that I was given autonomy, which taught me a valuable life skill: how to manage my time effectively.

What have been the highlights of your career to date?
Being able to bring to life ideas and projects that help publishers showcase their books, authors, and series.

How did your time at Southampton help you to grow as a person and help you get to where you are now?
I learnt so much - but a particular highlight (and one that has served me well in my career!) was learning to craft an essay – definitely a transferable skill to the working environment.

What advice would you give to a student starting their degree at Southampton?
Make use of the available tutor hours, know your course texts inside out, and do as many job placements as you can!

What tips would you give to current students looking to start a career in your sector?
Work experience placements are key, and learning about the different publishers is also important- however, it’s worth noting that candidates from non-traditional publishing backgrounds are valuable to publishers: for example, marketing experience in any area is transferrable to a publishing role.

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