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7 Reasons to apply for ‘Inside Story’

23 Oct 2016


Our Inside Story event takes place in November every year.  If you’re thinking of applying, here are 7 pretty good reasons why you should!


1. It’s the best open day in UK Publishing

We’ve run four events before this one, so we know what we’re doing.  Lots of previous attendees have come back to us for work experience placements, or even in jobs.  It’s a stimulating, friendly, engaging, helpful and informative day –ideal if you’re thinking of a career in Publishing but not quite sure what it’s all about.  That’s what the people who went on previous versions told us – we’re sure you’ll find the same.


2.       You’ll find out what Publishing is all about

By the end of the event you’ll have heard from someone from each key department in publishing and you’ll have had an overview of what they do (as well as getting to do a related task!). Many people think publishing is all about working in Editorial but throughout the day you’ll find out what we mean when we talk about Rights and Production and all the other departments too. You don’t need a background in English to work in Publishing, our teams are made of people with lots of different skills and variety is necessary to keep us relevant, diverse, and interesting!


3.       It’s a brand new format

This year for our 5th Event we are offering you to use what you hear throughout the day to “create” a book and pitch it to an ‘author’ & ‘agent’ at the end of the day! We’re offering an immersive and interactive insight into the publishing industry and Hachette UK.


4.      We’re passionate about Diversity and Inclusion

Here at Hachette UK, we pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer. What that really means is that we care about the diversity of our workforce, authors and readers.  We want to publish books that cater for the widest possible audience and the only way we can do that is by ensuring we an inclusive employer and have a workforce that represents our readership.

Diversity and Inclusion is something that is integral to our business; our CEO Tim Hely-Hutchinson has recently been listed in the top 100 leading LGBT executives in the Financial Times and we’re proud to work with organisations such as Creative Access and Education Business Partnerships to help us along the way.

We’re well aware that the publishing industry can be difficult to break into, especially if you don’t live in London or if you’re not exactly sure what publishing involves!  Our Inside Story event gives you the chances to explore the opportunities within publishing and allows us to meet a whole range of people with different skills, backgrounds and ideas that wouldn’t have considered a career with us before.


5.       You’ll meet lots of new people

This year we’re inviting 60 attendees to join in the day (our biggest event yet!) and we’re paying reasonable  travel expenses for everyone who attends. Therefore in addition to all of the Hachette UK employees you’ll meet throughout the day you’ll get the chance to meet lots of new people from across the country and a variety of backgrounds. Publishing is such a friendly industry, who knows you might end up working with someone you meet in the future!


6.       You’ll get help with your CV and Covering Letter

Even if at the end of the day you decide that publishing isn’t for you you’ll get CV and Covering letter advice from the Hachette UK HR team which will help you apply for your dream job once you find it! We’ll be on hand all day to answer any of your questions so that you get the most you can out of the day.


7.       You’ll get to see one of the best views in London

We’re very proud of our new office and we love having people visit us. We see it as a magnet for the best talent in publishing:  to attract the best authors and illustrators and also the best people, whether they work for us now or want to find out more about us with a view to maybe working for us some time in the future.  Based on Victoria Embankment we’ve got a brilliant view of the Thames, OXO tower and from our roof garden you can play a very lengthy game of spot the London landmark.  After a full day we’ll be leading you up to the 6th Floor for some drinks and networking where you can take in the views yourself and meet some more key people within Hachette.


Find out more about Inside Story here