It seems like every time I refresh blog lovin’, another Graduation post is live. Despite not graduating for another year or two (I’ll explain that a bit later), it has got me thinking…
I have recently finished my first year of Publishing at Bath Spa University. It’s a two-year foundation course, but I have the opportunity to progress to the third year which will make it a fully fledged degree. Honestly, I love my course. To think that I picked it because I thought Bath would be close to where I would be moving to (it isn’t) and because I like reading is quite mesmerising to even myself. At school or college I had no intention of doing a publishing degree – I didn’t even know such a degree existed. I feel very lucky to have literally picked this course on a whim and to find it so rewarding. Enough of the gushing, you’ll end up thinking they’ve paid me to write this.
I finished my first year with a 2:1 overall. I have had some work published, and I have dealt with a lot more than I expected. I study quite a lot of visual design, and I had to create a website from scratch, which in turn made me start blogging. I never expected any of that, as I thought I would mostly be learning how to, well, publish books. Apparently there is more of that in the second year 😉 Joking aside, I feel like I have learnt quite a lot already, and it makes me feel a bit sad when I hear people say “Well done, but you know your first year doesn’t really count towards your degree, right?” Actually, yes it does. As I mentioned, my course is a foundation degree course. This means both of my years will be considered before I am even offered the opportunity to take a third year.
Having such a diverse range of subjects falling under the Publishing umbrella, I really have no idea what sector I would like to find myself in. I’m not a huge fan of ebooks but I am interested in how they will continue to develop. I find it frustrating that I don’t have the ability to do what I’d like with design, but this is simply down to learning the skills needed for Illustator and the like. I will not let it defeat me, but for now it sort of stops me from considering a career in design. I like writing, which is why I blog, and I like reading. I would like to see more women in the top tier roles within a publishing house, and I guess maybe I should aim for that.
Recently on twitter, someone asked me if going to university was a good idea for them. My advice is, go with your heart. I have been a university student twice now, the first time I hated it and seriously doubted I would give it another go. I am so thankful to have found the perfect course for me, and I know that taking the two year gap between college and finding my course was exactly what I needed. This is your future, you don’t need to rush in to this.
I hope this has been helpful to someone, or even just nice to read me being positive after my last grumpy post! Haha 🙂