The Scheme 2019

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What Made a Good Answer Great

Thank you again for the time and thought you put in to your application. There were some really thoughtful answers and fascinating stories told. Hopefully this blog gives you a good understanding of what was needed to get the top scores, and some suggestions for next time. Overall, the exceptional answers stood out because they’d…

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Meet Lauren

Why I applied for The Scheme I’ve always been an avid reader, interested the art of storytelling and the creation of narrative, and so working with books sounded like the dream! What I got from The Scheme It was a great introduction to publishing and an extremely educational experience all round. I met lots of…

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Meet Halimah

  Why I applied for The Scheme I applied for the Scheme because it was an opportunity to get my voice heard and learn the ins and outs of publishing. There’s such a dearth of people of colour in publishing (which is steadily improving with the help of schemes such as these) and previously, it…

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Meet Lydia

Why I applied for The Scheme I applied for The Scheme because one of my friends saw the Penguin ad and sent it to me. She’d been telling me for a while that publishing would be something interesting for me to try but I’d never really thought it was possible. I had no experience of…

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Meet Addy

Why I applied for The Scheme I applied for The Scheme because I’d always been curious about working in publishing but I didn’t think I had the experience or connections necessary to beat the high competition and get a role. The fact that The Scheme didn’t require any experience and that the first round was…

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Meet Hana

Why I applied for The Scheme I wanted the opportunity to do something entrepreneurial and creative, in a place where you can tell the stories that matter. What I got from The Scheme Tons of excellent training, a thorough grounding in editorial skills and experience, exposure to senior leadership across the nine divisions of Penguin…

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Meet Arenike

Why I applied for the Scheme I applied for The Scheme because I love story telling. I was angry that marginalised voices weren’t being represented widely in contemporary literature, and was interested in The Scheme as a way to disrupt the status quo in Publishing.   What I got from the Scheme I’ve learned a…

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Meet Sharika

Why I applied for The Scheme I applied for The Scheme because I really wanted something new. After spending a few years (half-heartedly) trying to get into acting I decided it was time to bite the bullet and get a ‘real’ job. I Googled ‘creative office jobs’ and miraculously came across The Scheme! It was…

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