Member of the Society of Young Publishers
Master of letters in publishing studies, University of Stirling
BA in history, University of York
About Emily Dunn
Emily joined GTI, targetjobs’ parent company, in 2017 as a trainee editor straight from her history degree. While at university she’d undertaken various volunteering roles, part-time bookshop and library work and a weekly, year-long work experience placement with local news website YorkMix. All of this paid off when she was offered this job – unusually, the first full-time job she had ever applied for.
Emily was promoted from trainee to fully fledged editor in 2019 and finally left the company in 2022 to pursue her dream of working in book publishing via a masters in publishing studies. As she’s always keen to emphasise to other graduates hoping to break into the industry, a publishing masters isn’t essential and doesn’t guarantee a job or even a place on an internship, but for her it was the right choice at the right time, allowing her to dive back into academic study while also developing new practical skills.
During her five years as a full-time editor at GTI, Emily worked across a range of targetjobs career sectors including finance, property, law, media and the relatively new travel and tourism sector. She has also written content for the general advice sections including job offers and working life, internships and finding a job. Alongside targetjobs she worked on GTI’s content for school leavers and is a big believer in raising awareness of apprenticeships and other university alternatives for those who suit vocational learning best, despite having no regrets herself about taking the more academic path after leaving school.