Breaking into the industry: Reconsidering Sectors - STM

Breaking into the industry: Reconsidering Sectors - STM

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As we all know, the Publishing industry is a marvellous industry to be in. It is also a competitive industry to get into and getting your foot in the door requires real passion, determination and persistence. Whilst this is not a reason to be discouraged, a smart approach is to understand how to market yourself, based on your knowledge of where you stand amongst the competition. So what can you do to get ahead? With #workinpublishing week starting today, we thought it would be the perfect time to provide insight into the other sectors.

At Inspired Selection, we meet candidates trying to break into the industry every day. The overwhelming majority are looking to get into the Trade industry. At a recent event, my colleague saw 60 % raise their hands wanting to work in Trade. Fiction is the most visible sector of the industry and so this is to be expected but there are a whole host of benefits to the other four sectors, which you might not have considered, or might not have realised you’d be eligible to work in.

For example, not so many people start off by wanting to enter the Scientific, Technical and Medical publishing sector. However, this is a really fascinating area for many reasons. Firstly, salaries do tend to be a little higher! Secondly, this is all about the dissemination of cutting-edge scientific research, which affects everyone all over the world, from our daily lives to our future. This sector is by nature fast-paced, in order to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of research. Big advances in science bleed into the public mind as much as the latest trends in fiction do!

For candidates drawn to marketing, this sector is a dynamic arena in which to develop your career. Open Access is providing the latest challenge for marketers. For candidates interested in Editorial, there is so much variation in Editorial roles in the STM sector. Some editorial roles are largely strategic, being in touch with societies and commissioning new content to develop in order to satisfy their needs and increase revenue. In these roles you’d develop invaluable negotiation and relationship building skills, which are always in high demand.

This sector has traditionally attracted science graduates, who are unsatisfied with the ‘zoomed in’ scale of research and want to be in touch with the bigger picture of science. However, STM publishers will often consider applicants without a science background, even in editorial assistant roles.

Whichever sector of the industry you break into, you will gain transferrable skills which will be in demand across the breadth of the industry. From there, you might find you still want to transfer across to the sector you favoured before, or you could find that the one you’ve gone into is more aligned with your skills and interests. Whichever you choose, you will have gained insight into how best to market yourself and those skills.

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Now is the perfect time to reconsider, ‘where will my skills be most valued?’, ‘where will I really stand out?’ Tune in tomorrow to hear more on Professional publishing with Abigail Barclay