Olivia Foster

Olivia

Foster

United Kingdom
I received beneficial knowledge of the publishing industry from an extremely respected publishing house. It was a wonderful opportunity to network with flourishing authors and illustrators and learn more about getting started as a writer

More about Olivia

What made you choose to study at NTU?  

“The open day was so welcoming and the campus looked great, especially the Pavilion and the facilities at the library such as Library OneSearch and the one-on-one support available.”

What did you enjoy most about your course?

“I enjoy learning the many different areas the course covers but also the different ways we learn about them that allow for debate and discussion.”

What do you think about the course staff – include lecturers, tutors, administrators and technical staff within this. How do they support your learning and University experience?

“The course staff could not be more helpful, any time I have had a query or concern they have been able to meet me and give me advice. An awareness of what I am doing well and what I could improve allows me to apply that to my work and do my best, thanks to their advice.”

What do you think about the facilities available to you? :

“Finding texts to support my essays is very easy which removes some stress from writing and saves time to do so. If I receive feedback regarding grammatical errors or structuring I know I have support from the library which is very reassuring.”

What do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?

“As a UNESCO City of Literature, Nottingham is a great place to study English. Locations such as Newstead Abbey provide fantastic opportunities to learn more alongside my studies.”

Have you completed any work placements and if so can you tell me a little bit about them – where you went and what you did?

“I recently got the opportunity to volunteer at an event called WriteNow for Penguin Random House. I was offered this by University and through this experience I received beneficial knowledge of the publishing industry from an extremely respected publishing house. It was a wonderful opportunity to network with flourishing authors and illustrators and learn more about getting started as a writer. Volunteering at this event gave me more confidence to write original works and to engage in future opportunities. To learn from an event such as that one, rather than online sources, has provided me with insight I know will benefit my postgraduate career significantly.”

How will your course and/or placement enhance your employability for your chosen career? What skills have you gained?

“My course has enhanced my employability by creating modules such as Literary Cultures that are specifically aimed to do so. That module allowed me to learn the hierarchy within publishing agencies and the roles people play, which was already beneficial to my volunteering at the WriteNow event as I went into it with knowledge of publishing roles already. As a result of that module and my volunteer experience, my professional communication skills are improved and I have the confidence to engage with future opportunities.”

What are your plans for the future?

“I intend to pursue a Masters in American Literature and engage with further volunteer opportunities that will later allow me to form a career as an editor.”

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