An Inspired Few Weeks for our Intern

Here's what our intern Tess Broadley had to say about her time at Inspired Selection.

During the course of my degree I’d realised that publishing was the industry for me; diverse, fast-paced and constantly changing. When I saw the advert for Inspired Selection’s internship I knew it was the next step for me. The opportunity to learn about the industry from a different perspective really appealed to me and I knew it would be amazingly beneficial for someone like myself, who had very little experience and was eager to learn as much about the industry as possible. Three days after having my second interview with Zoe and Kristy I walked into Inspired Selection with butterflies in my stomach, ready to start my three week internship. Within the space of an hour I had been introduced to all the team and can honestly say, I have never felt more welcome. Everyone in the team was so friendly and helpful and extremely eager to share their impressive publishing knowledge, which was absolutely amazing.

What did you initially expect from the internship?

As an intern I wasn’t expecting to be accepted so readily into the team, knowing that everyone understood that I wouldn’t be there for the ‘long haul’. However, this idea was quickly put to bed; every single team member took the time to talk to me and help me as much as they could throughout the internship. This is one of the reasons Inspired Selection are so good at what they do; they are all genuinely interested in people and sincerely invested in helping clients and candidates as much as possible. This, added to the fact that they all have crazy impressive knowledge about their individual sectors results in a seriously successful and amazing working and learning environment; a win-win for an intern!

Was there anything that surprised you or was unexpected from the internship? 

What really surprised me was how little I knew about the ‘other’ sectors; i.e. the non-trade sectors. In doing so, I realised what a great fit the professional sector would be for me with my mathematical background and interest in the professional publishing companies.

What have you enjoyed most about your internship?

The organisation and structure of the training is something I massively appreciated. I love structure, lists and timetables so I really appreciated this. Zoe has put a lot of effort into tailoring the perfect internship, and I think it’s something they’ve successfully accomplished. I didn’t feel like I was just their intern, I was there for a few short weeks, but felt like an important part of the team who contributed, made a difference and was able to learn much more than expected. The variety of clients and candidates was also something I really enjoyed; I was able to learn so much more about the publishing industry than I would have at any single publishing house. I was introduced to the different sectors and smaller publishing companies that aren’t necessarily as well-known but would be perfect for a lot of candidates with the right background and skill set.

What top tips would you give a prospective intern at Inspired Selection?

  • Get involved.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions; everyone is more than willing to help you. It’s a very open office environment; if someone needs help everyone pulls together.

  • Make use of the consultants’ knowledge; there’s a reason they’re so good at what they do!

This internship has taught me an insane amount about the publishing industry with regards to companies, sectors and skills required. However, this internship wouldn’t have been so informative if it wasn’t for Zoe, Kristy and rest of the team, so I’d just like to say a huge thank you for giving me this amazing opportunity. As cheesy as it sounds, you guys are all truly inspiring and have created an amazing and successful working environment; thank you for letting me be a part of it for three weeks!