Work experience at DC Publishing

Last week, we were joined in the office by Nicole Barker, an Ayrshire native who’s just finished a degree in media and communications at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Nicole wanted to find out how magazines worked – so she spent the week with our editorial team to see just what goes into making our titles, and contributing some words of her own.

Here’s what she thought of the experience.

I will freely admit that I was terrified walking into my first day at DC Publishing. I’m a nervous wreck at the best of times, but honestly, I was made to feel welcome and put at ease pretty much instantly, greatly helped by meeting the office puppy. Yep, there’s a puppy and every office needs to have one.

It’s a small team, but there’s a really lovely atmosphere compared to the formal, slightly stern placements I’m used to, and everyone is really friendly and chatty and it’s a great atmosphere to work in.

I was mostly tasked with writing small bits and pieces for Family Life and Source magazines, with little bits here and there for their accompanying websites. They were informal pieces dealing with everything from travel essentials and what’s on at the cinema this month to incorporating my travel experiences and my ideas into articles and blog posts, so I was quite chuffed with what I produce. I can never decide if I like researching or writing articles more but I got to do plenty of each, so I was perfectly happy.

I began work experience at DC about a month after I finished uni and I had been drifting a little for that time as I wasn’t completely sure what I wanted to do with myself. While I’m still not entirely sure on that front, I did realise how great it is to have a routine and get up in the morning to go somewhere I actually enjoy working.

To put it simply, it’s been one of the best placements I’ve been to where I actually got to put some of my ideas into words and I have genuinely really enjoyed it – and I would love the opportunity to work somewhere like DC Publishing in the future.

To find out more about work experience at DC Publishing, email workexperience@dcpublishing.co.uk.

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