A Placement at an Edinburgh based magazine, albeit one that is 110 years old was an opportunity, which I grabbed, with both hands. Scottish Field may have a highly discerning readership, but the atmosphere in the office, which is shared with other Wyvex Media Publications, could not have been more welcoming.
At no point was I made to feel like an intern, instead I was given the job of sales support assistant, and I was made to feel part of the team straight away. This was helped by the fact that Brian Cameron, Sales Director invited me in a few days before the formal start to the placement to meet the team and find out more about the role I would be performing. I worked alongside the advertising sales team, chasing up product shots, images and copy to be featured in the June issue of the magazine. I was given my own desk, email and phone on the first day and it was a fantastic way to immerse myself in the magazine publishing environment. It was great to be able to liaise with clients myself, and I also learnt so much about the media sales process just from being surrounded by other staff.
I was also given the chance to devise ideas, research and write articles for the upcoming Town and Country Living Supplement for the July Issue of the magazine. I helped proofread and source pictures for this publication, a great way to practice editorial skills in a live environment.
I have to say the best aspect of my placement was seeing the schedule of a monthly magazine publisher, deadlines are vital and everyone works extremely hard. It wasn’t all work and no play though as I was invited along to work lunches and after work drinks, as well as being introduced to delicious Hummingbird Cake by brilliant baker Rachel.
I was asked to extend the placement to a 3rd week so I could follow through on the work I had been doing, and I was more than happy to do this. A great team, a really interesting magazine and a fantastic experience .