Since it’s Work in Publishing week, I really wanted to continue sharing the publishing stories that have been inspiring me. When I started this series, all I wanted to do was create a space where as many and as varied stories about different people getting in the industry could be shared. Because I felt like I could have used seeing someone a little bit like me making their dream come true back when I was trying to break into the industry. Flavia and I have a lot in common and I’m so grateful to her for contributing to this project, as I know she is a very private person. For this very reason, I won’t be talking about how amazing Flavia is, but what I will say is I hadn’t met someone as impressive as she is in a while! Flavia talks about finding your confidence and being proud to be different. Something that took me years to achieve and even today, I sometimes struggle with. The temptation to conform and ‘fit in’ can be strong, but it’s what makes you different that will help you succeed!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Hi! My name is Flavia and I come from Italy. I’m currently working as Metadata and Digital Supply Chain Coordinator at DK in London. My favourite activities are reading (obviously…), listening to music and podcasts, visiting art exhibitions and wandering around parks, to spot as many squirrels as I can. I also have a big passion for digital innovation and disruption, and I studied Economics and Business and then a postgrad degree in Management of Innovation, in Italy, before moving to the UK.
2. What is the part of your job that you enjoy the most?
I really like reviewing our books’ metadata and giving advice to the creatives on how to improve it, in order to increase the discoverability of the titles online. I also love the company culture at DK and spending every day in a workplace which is truly international.
3. When did you know you wanted to work in publishing?
When I was quite little, as soon as I discovered that there were actual people making those magical objects that I found in bookshops!
4. How did you land your first publishing job?
I moved to Oxford from Italy a couple of years ago, to attend an MA in Digital Publishing at Brookes University and did as many internships and work experience as I could during the days that were free from classes and group projects. My first real job in publishing was as Digital Marketing Executive at Polity and I got it in the traditional way: CV and cover letter application, and then job interview.
5. What is one thing you wish you had known when you were applying for jobs?
When I started applying for publishing jobs I thought that I had to match a certain “ideal” of candidate and the kind of person the interviewer would expect for that role, in terms of upbringing, interests and personality. However, now I believe that it is way more fulfilling and rewarding to show what makes me different and have more confidence in my skills and experience.
6. What advice would you give to someone looking for their first publishing job right now?
I would recommend researching all the different roles that compose a publishing company and the skills required for each of them, to understand which would be the best fit for you and your talents. Publishing isn’t just editorial! I’m quite passionate about this and that’s why I decided to produce my own podcast, Publishing Insight, interviewing publishing professionals at different stages in their careers and across a wide array of roles. I hope you’ll find it helpful!
Thank you for sharing your story, Flavia!
You can connect with Flavia here.