The Scheme 2018

It’s important that Penguin Random House represents and reflects everyone in UK society. That means making sure our teams come from a range of backgrounds and communities, and have different interests and experiences to draw on.

That’s why this year, to apply for The Scheme, you need to come from one, or both, of the following two groups, which are currently under-represented in publishing:

You’ll also need to have finished with full-time compulsory education and have the right to work in the UK.

Beyond this, the only thing that matters is your potential to bring a book to life. You don’t need a degree or publishing experience, but you do need to love stories and be interested in exploring how to spark conversations about them.

The Scheme is only one of a number of careers initiatives on offer at Penguin Random House. You might also be interested in our entry-level job openings, summer internships or year-round paid work experience placements.  You can find out more here.

This is what it takes 

These are the qualities we’re looking for. You might not be there yet with all of them, but you’ll be able to demonstrate that you have potential.  

You make things happen. A story or idea doesn’t come to life on its own. In publishing, it happens when your tenacity and initiative, your problem solving, organising and prioritising, pay off.

You’re hungry to learn. Editors are fascinated by what goes on around them. They want to find out more, especially when it comes to ideas, people and culture. They don’t leave it there though; insight is turned into opportunity and connections are made relevant. That’s how you spot the Next Big Thing.

You’re adaptable.  There can be as many twists and turns getting a book published as in a story itself. Things change. What you set out with is rarely what you end up with. Working in editorial, you have to adapt when priorities change, and to make the most of new ideas when they emerge.  You need to know when to flex your approach and style to suit the situation you’re in, or the person you’re with.

You care about the detail. You have to get things right, otherwise your reader won’t trust what they’re reading and your listener won’t believe what they’re hearing. Checking data, facts, spellings, grammar, dates – editorial teams sweat the small stuff because they know it all adds up to creating the best book or experience possible.

You’re able to connect with people.  Editorial teams work together, knowing how to bring out the best in one another and their authors.  You step into other’s shoes, understanding their position and perspective, winning them over with your interest, curiosity and care. Authors trust their editors to help them communicate their ideas and tell their stories. They want to hear what they’ve got to say.

Bringing these qualities together is a love for ideas and stories. Wherever they’re from, however they’re told. Working in editorial means pouring your passion into every book you help to craft and bring alive; to be driven by the desire that your book must be read and enjoyed by as many people as possible.

Sounds like you?  Then you need to apply.