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Heather McDaid

MLitt Publishing Studies

Why did you decide to study a postgraduate course?

After I graduated with a BA (Hons) Journalism I found myself applying for publishing jobs and getting good feedback, but being told I was losing out to people with degrees and they recommended I considered one.

What attracted you to Stirling?

I asked around to people in the know and everyone recommended Stirling above Napier. I also did my undergraduate in Stirling and liked the campus/already knew it well and was happy to return.

What did you enjoy most about your time at the University of Stirling?

I did my undergraduate here, so just enjoyed returning. I preferred this course to my previous, so it just made me like Stirling more. 

Which aspects of the programme did you enjoy the most?

The course is really informative and the staff really friendly. It felt less like a tutor-student deal than any past experience and I think it benefitted from that. Everyone's just really friendly, the classes, for the most part, well thought out and I really enjoyed it, as well as the international reach of students.

How did your time at University make you more employable?

The classes set you up well for the workforce. There is the opportunity for a work experience module (I didn't take that, feeling I'd done plenty of internships), but the staff are also constantly forwarding job opportunities and willing to help. I met people throughout the publishing industry through visiting speakers and was given the chance to apply for a lot of jobs/placements. I also was able to discover SYP Scotland (Society of Young Publishers), which means I can go to monthly events, meet people in the industry and learn something more. I have since applied and got a role on the committee, which I enjoy.

What advice would you give a student considering studying at Stirling?

For the publishing course, do it. The ability to create your own project from scratch and showcase your skills is great, and - as said above - the course is really friendly and informative.

How would you summarise your time at Stirling?

Great. I think doing the Publishing MLitt is the best decision I've ever made in regards to career development. I feel confident in being able to pursue a career in publishing thanks to these last few months.


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