Natalie’s graduate journey

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I began my career with Prepress Projects almost exactly 1 year ago. I graduated in 2015 with a MA in geography from the University of Edinburgh before gaining work experience, during which I identified my ideal career path to be publishing. I completed a MSc in publishing at Edinburgh Napier University in 2017. I learned of Prepress Projects through this course and, after keeping an eye on the company’s recruitment updates, I felt very fortunate to be able to begin working as a Project Editor while completing my dissertation.

The last year has gone incredibly quickly and I can genuinely say that there has never been a dull moment. I remember being very warmly welcomed by all of my new colleagues. I was invited to social occasions from the outset, which was really lovely and helped me to feel part of the team. The office itself was undergoing a makeover and it is now a brilliant modern open-plan office that fosters a productive working atmosphere.

Training is very much an ongoing and multidimensional process at Prepress Projects. I have enjoyed having responsibility for my own work from the very beginning, while gaining a vast amount of knowledge from my manager, colleagues and process guides. I have completed several training courses, both in-house and external, through which I have developed a range of skills including proofreading, using advanced Microsoft Word features and XML.

I work on a team with responsibility for publishing medical journals; working on medical texts is not something I had ever considered, but it is interesting work and having a scientific background often comes in useful. On a typical day, I will talk to authors and clients, copy-edit and proofread reports and check XML, co-ordinating tasks with deadlines in mind and always considering the client’s needs. I have recently taken on more complex tasks, and I have enjoyed the challenges of incorporating these into my workload at the same time as striving to improve the quality and efficiency of my work. This variety of work and the team atmosphere means that I always feel challenged but supported, and there are always opportunities to learn and improve, but also to feel like an important part of a company that values my abilities.

Aside from the job itself, the biggest impact that working for Prepress Projects has had for me is the opportunity of the location; I had previously lived in Edinburgh and relocated to Perth shortly after starting this job, and I have recently bought my first house here. It is a very friendly town in an ideal location, with great transport links to the big cities as well as the beautiful nearby countryside.

Overall, I have really enjoyed my experience in this position so far, and I look forward to the new skills and opportunities that will inevitably be possible with Prepress Projects.