September 9th, 2022
Curious about a career in the publishing industry? The West Virginia University Humanities Center and the WVU Career Services Center are co-hosting an online panel titled “Book It: Careers in Publishing and Book Promotion” on September 19 from 4-5 p.m.
Register for the Zoom event here:
Students who are interested in book-related careers can learn more about job opportunities post-graduation, including how to prepare academically, personally and professionally to pursue these career paths.
- Sara Georgi, managing editor for WVU Press
- Rebecca Colesworthy, senior acquisitions editor for SUNY Press
- Ellen Whitfield, publicity director for BooksForward
- Lacey N. Dunham, writer and director of Literary Education Programs for the PEN/Faulkner Foundation
Each panelist will share a short presentation about their occupation and how they came to be in their position, followed by Q&A.
“Studying the humanities can help students work more effectively and creatively in any career pathway they choose,” Humanities Center Director Renée Nicholson said.
Students can also work with Danica Ryan, the humanities-focused career development specialist at Career Services.
This event is the first in a yearlong series of “Humanities at Work” career workshops to highlight job postings and career opportunities for students studying humanities-related fields, which is cohosted by the Humanities Center and Career Services.
The series focuses on preparing materials like resumes and cover letters, researching companies and opportunities, as well as making the most of career fairs in a variety of industries, such as STEM-focused, communications, business, and others. These practical workshops help humanities students show their skills in specific workplace contexts that are attractive to hiring managers.
The skills developed in the humanities, such as writing skills, ethical decision-making, social cohesion, and others are highly prized in workplaces, allowing graduates to be vital members of a flourishing workplace regardless of the industry they enter.