A long and adventurous trip to Paisley was the first step to my placement at Connect Communications, a contract publisher established in 1999, that is responsible for more than 300 publications.

I started on a cold day at the beginning of January, but was welcomed by the warm atmosphere of the Paisley office.

Working on a market research with Valerie and Alex and, in the meantime, getting some practical experience with editorial and subbing, was challenging and stimulating.

I used to hate speaking on the phone. I still remember how nervous I was the first time I picked it up to make a call for our market research… “Hi, there. I was wondering…”. It was scary, at first, but then it turned out to be so much fun.

Connect gave me the chance to make a contribution to different projects and magazines, from Talent Scotland to Premier Living to Nationwide Bowler. Besides, I was fascinated by the quality of Unfiltered, a magazine produced on behalf of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, which was recently turned into a very interactive App.

My experience at Connect was great. I felt part of the team and gained confidence. Moreover, I realised that a work in publishing can involve a great deal of writing. I am grateful I had chance to spend two weeks at Connect, where I learned so much.

I am looking forward to starting a career in magazine publishing after my master, and put into practice what this experience taught me.

To find out more about Connect Communications, visit their website: http://www.connectcommunications.co.uk/