Work Placement: CMYK Design

Neil, Matt, Charlie, Hayley and Ruby
Neil, Matt, Charlie, Hayley and Ruby

When selecting a company for work placement there was no doubt in my mind which publishers I wanted to go to. CMYK Design was my first choice for a number of reasons.

First of all, I had met Neil Braidwood, the founder of CMYK, back in January at our Burns night networking event. His enthusiasm and genuine interest regarding the upcoming production of Buzz magazine was energising and I was intrigued to learn more about his company. Secondly, after researching the company and attending a lecture given by Neil and Don, the Editor, it became apparent that CMYK is a busy and successful contract publisher with a wide range of publications such as Scotland Outdoors, Aurora, The Keeper and Our People.

On my first day I was introduced to Neil, the rest of the team and an excitable springer spaniel named Ruby.  I was provided with a desk beside Hayley, the Advertising Executive and previous Napier publishing student, who delegated many of the tasks that I undertook during my placement.  She was there to offer support, answer any queries and informed me of some handy tips when contacting relevant companies.

I was assigned an assortment of tasks throughout the ten days varying from rewriting and compiling contact details from a stockist spread sheet to sourcing events for the Scotland Outdoors website.  I was also given the opportunity to contact companies for an e-newsletter and to research and write up copy for a small feature intended for the summer edition of Aurora; ‛10 Things to do in Munich’.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at CMYK and not only found the tasks to be informative and useful to my future career but also satisfying as I have more than fulfilled the objectives I had initially set out to achieve.

It was a great environment to work in and everyone made me feel really welcome, especially Ruby who was there to enthusiastically greet me at the door on a morning. The team are a hard-working, friendly bunch and have a passion for chocolates, cakes and lots of tea.  So not only have I accomplished the aims that I set out to achieve but my sweet tooth has also been fully satisfied.

If you want to find out more about CMYK, follow them on Twitter @WeMakeMags and visit their website http://www.cmyk-design.co.uk.

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