Every year, as we emerge from winter, we welcome a blizzard of applications for our summer intern scheme. The internships we offer give a proper insight into real work at a publishing company, and they’re an incredibly useful way for us to find talented people. The internships are really popular – hardly surprising, as publishing is a highly competitive field. But it’s more than that. Here we treat interns like any other member of staff – there’s no incessant photocopying and no requirement to make the coffee!
When it was announced that the company was investing in training in coaching skills, I was really quite excited about taking part in it. I confess that I had only a vague idea of what coaching might be — something about inspiring people to achieve their full potential — and no idea about how to go about it.