“It was the first time I came away from an application or assessment centre thinking – wow that was really fun!”
Aimee was part of The Scheme in 2015 and is now a Press Officer for our Penguin Ireland team.
Hello, Aimée, tell us a bit about where you’re from, your background and what your role is here at Penguin Random House?
I’m from Antrim in Ireland and moved to Dublin for college. I studied History and English Literature and loved every minute of it! I’m now lucky enough to be Publicity and Administration Assistant in Penguin Random House Ireland.
You were part of The Scheme 2015 and made it all the way to the assessment days. What made you apply in the first place?
I completed work experience the previous summer in a smaller publishing house and really enjoyed it. From shadowing the Publicity Director to taking part in marketing meetings – I was hooked!
What was the best thing about The Scheme?
How creative it allowed me to be. It was the first time I came away from an application or assessment centre thinking – wow that was really fun! Working on three campaigns for Alice in Wonderland was a particular highlight because it allowed me to think about the book in ways I never had before!
What was most challenging about The Scheme?
I found it challenging to stay focused during the two day assessment centre. It’s long, so just remember to take your time and pace yourself!
What did you learn from taking part in The Scheme?
The Scheme taught me that it is important to relax in interviews and assessments. You are there to be your best self, so try not to panic or stress! What is great about The Scheme is that the feedback you receive is so detailed that you can really go away and work on improving for future interviews!
What’s been your biggest surprise about working in publishing?
That no two days are the same!
What one piece of advice you wish you’d been given when you started looking for a career in publishing?
Get on Twitter and Instagram! Yes, really! A lot of publishers have great accounts dedicated to career opportunities – it’s often how I heard about jobs! Twitter is also great for getting a sense of what is going on in the industry.