From Manuscript to Finished Book

Ella Tells How She Is Completing Studies and Training at the Same Time

What studies are you undergoing?

I am completing my training  to become a management assistant in digital and print media at Kiepenheuer & Witsch publishing house. In addition, I study Publishing & Media Management at Steinbeis-Hochschule in Berlin in cooperation with the mediacampus Frankfurt.

Why did you decide on a media management assistant digital & print training at KiWi?

I have always been interested in the process from manuscript to a finished book. The opportunity to experience this process at a renowned publishing house like Kiwi was a perfect opportunity!

What departments does your apprenticeship include?

I work in all departments that support the process of a book project: Editing, rights & licenses, production, sales, advertising, press and online editing. Work shadowing in the accounting department as well as at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung was also included in my training plan.

What are your projects and tasks during your training?

As I work shadow every department in the publishing house, I have the opportunity of getting to know the different tasks and to support my colleagues. This means I always have different projects and tasks in the relevant departments. The expertise gained in my dual studies is very helpful here.

What have you learned so far?

In the last two years I have learned a great deal of new things in my major field of study - from working in the different departments of the publishing house, but also from my studies in the vocational school at the mediacampus and in the university. The combination of practice and theory and the linking of the two let you learn all the time.

What do you value especially about your training company?

I appreciate the most that I was given the opportunity to complete my training and my studies at the same time and that I received so much support in doing so.

What are your professional goals?

I definitely want to continue working in a publishing house and be part of the book production and marketing process!

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Trainee and Student at Kiepenheuer & Witsch

"The combination of practice and theory and the linking of the two let you learn all the time."