My intern liaison manager Devon recently scheduled a professional development day for me. So I took the day off from Wiley and headed to meet Janelle. Janelle works in the Marketing office at Harper One, a subsidiary company of Harper Collins Publishers.
Professional Development Day: exciting to be in contact with one of the world’s biggest publishing companies!
Janelle told me all about her career with Harper. How she got into the industry, the skills needed for the job… Something I’ve noticed is that many people in the US have Masters degrees. So I asked Janelle if this was necessary and she said it’s more about the skills you have and the connections you make with different companies.
It was really informative talking to her and great to expand my professional network. Devon suggested we all send thank you notes to the people we’d spent our development days with – a nice touch.
I also spoke to one of my colleagues, Kevin, at Wiley about developing a professional network.
He advised that LinkedIn was a great online resource to keep in touch with professionals in your industry. It was really helpful talking to Kevin; he reminded me a number of times to focus on my goals for the internship and beyond. His advice really helps me make sense of this internship experience!
It was sad packing up my desk on my final day at Wiley but everyone was very kind.
They even gave me a book by one of their Australian authors as a leaving gift which I thought was lovely. Devon also organised a last meal for the interns at a wonderful restaurant in Japantown where the chefs cooked in front of us – great fun.
The following week involved a lot of organising, cleaning the apartment and packing to return to Australia.
I also caught up on some last-minute tours and sightseeing and enjoyed some farewell drinks with my American friends. On the plane, Tony Bennett playing over the headset, I watched the lights of San Francisco move further away until it was dark.
I thought about my friends and family in Australia and returned with a greater appreciation of my own country, as well as more direction in terms of career and a better knowledge of my strengths and weaknesses.
I’ve learnt so much from this internship: it looks great on my resume and it’s going to be invaluable helping me get into the publishing industry. The future is looking bright!