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Madeleine Markey (English and German, BA 2009)

Tell us briefly about yourself and career.

After graduating I entered the field of academic journals publishing as a Publishing Editor with T&F, progressing to Managing Editor several years later. I currently manage a portfolio of 40 journals, working with academics, learned societies, authors, etc. to develop and publish key research in Area Studies.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

I fell in love with the university after visiting the campus on an open day - walking around, it felt like this was where I was meant to be.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

The wonderful sense of community throughout all aspects of life at the university, from halls to teaching groups to the societies.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Throw yourself into everything and try as much as you can - there's a wealth of activities and resources available to you, so make the most of them.

How did you benefit from spending a year abroad / a year in industry?

I lived in Germany for the third year of my degree, which afforded me the opportunity to experience a different culture and to travel. Once you've spent a year abroad, navigating a different language, the university procedures, transport systems, etc., you can do anything!

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

Managing Editor, Area Studies, T&F Journals

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

Publishing is an industry that is changing extremely quickly, so ensure that you keep up to date with the latest digital developments and government mandates (e.g. Open Access).

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

The Careers Centre was a brilliant resource for researching different job industries and opportunities for mock interviews, etc.

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Do your homework on the company you're applying to and ensure you know what their core values and aims/objectives are.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

I moved back to Reading two years ago and very much still feel a part of the university. I couldn't pick just one memory, but being Erasmus Society President and winning society of the year was a pretty good day!