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Trainee editor

Want a career as an editor? Paid trainee editor position with a student-focused publishing and media company

GTI Media is offering a full-time trainee editor role. You’ll assist on websites and paper publications for people considering careers and/or university study, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Readers of our different products include graduates looking for their first job and sixth-form students considering their next move. You’ll take responsibility for editorial content relating to specific career areas, but will also help out more broadly across a range of content on different careers-related topics.

What does GTI Media do?

GTI publishes careers products. You may have seen our TARGETjobs website and paper publications or The Guardian UK 300, the company’s co-venture with The Guardian. Or you might have spotted our TARGETcareers website for school students. Further information about the company can be found at

What will I do?

You will be kept on the ball helping with the editorial in our publications and on our websites:

  • Taking responsibility for sections of our websites relating to specific career areas and deciding how best to maintain and improve them
  • Keeping informed of business, HR and recruitment trends that affect the areas you’re responsible for
  • Developing an understanding of the graduate and school leaver recruitment markets more broadly and keeping up-to-date with developments
  • Writing, editing, researching, fact-checking and proofreading articles for paper and web products
  • Commissioning articles for online and paper publications
  • Conducting telephone interviews with industry professionals, recently employed graduates and graduate recruiters and writing up your interviews into articles for publication
  • Tweeting regularly to promote our content
  • Working with experienced editors and designers to produce engaging editorial in paper and online
  • Ensuring that new online content is written in such a way that users can find it via search engines (‘applying on-page SEO’)
  • Using the content management system to edit and upload text, images and other forms of content and media
  • Managing your own time and juggling multiple tasks and responsibilities in order to meet deadlines
  • Providing some administrative support.

You’ll receive plenty of support from experienced team members to help you with these tasks.

What is GTI looking for?


You must be:

  • accurate and have excellent attention to detail
  • organised and persistent
  • confident enough to pick up the phone and interview contributors
  • calm under pressure
  • self-aware – so you know when to ask for help
  • a good team member
  • able to think on your feet and take the initiative.


You must:

  • be able to complete in-depth, detailed desk research and summarise your findings clearly (most new articles will require you to spend 90 per cent of your time finding relevant info and 10 per cent writing it up)
  • write good, plain, concise English
  • have high standards of spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • be able to interpret data
  • have a professional telephone and email manner.


We would ideally like to you have some experience that relates to writing and editing, for example a relevant work experience placement or involvement in a university or community publication or website.

Which team will I join?

You’ll join our friendly editorial department. Once you join there will be 11 of us, including other trainee editors, so you’ll have plenty of company.

What training will I receive?

In your first two weeks you’ll be busy attending formal training sessions on topics relating to writing and editing – for example copy-editing, interviewing and proofreading. These will be delivered in-house by experienced editors. Thereafter you’ll learn largely on the job through discussing and receiving feedback on your work.

You'll also attend several personal skills development training sessions with an external provider during the course of the traineeship. Topics aren’t guaranteed, but recent examples include organisational skills, assertiveness, presentation skills, time management, managing projects, building resilience and creating personal impact. 

How long will the traineeship last?

Our trainee editor position is offered as a two-year contract (with an initial three-month probationary period to make sure you are right for the role).

We can’t guarantee that you’ll be offered a permanent position as an editor at the end of your two years; however, this may be an option depending on your performance and on the needs of the business at the time. Several of our current editors started their careers at GTI. If there isn’t a permanent position for you we’ll provide advice and support to help you make your next move.

When will I start work?

We are looking for candidates who are available to start work as soon as possible – by Easter at the latest.

What hours will I work?

Normal working hours are 9.00 am – 5.30 pm Monday to Friday with an hour for lunch.

Where will I be based?

We are based in Howbery Business Park, on the outskirts of Wallingford, 10 miles from Oxford and 13 miles from Reading. There is free on-site parking. There are also bus services from both Oxford and Reading, which take you to a stop five minutes’ walk from GTI.

What will I be paid?

The salary is £20,000 pa. Benefits include:

  • 25 days’ holiday, rising by one day each year to a maximum of 28 days per annum, plus bank holidays
  • Automatically enrolled onto the company pension scheme at 3% employer/employee contributions after serving three full calendar months; GTI will match employee contributions up to a maximum of five per cent of monthly salary
  • Enhanced paternity and maternity policies
  • Life assurance cover.

How do I apply?

The deadline is 31 January.

Please send us:

  • your CV
  • a covering letter
  • an example of your writing.

Please address your covering letter to Rachael Milsom. To upload your writing sample, please include it in the same document as your CV – if this is problematic for you, please speak to Rachael or another member of the editorial team on 01491 828939. (If you wish, it's fine to include your covering letter in with these too, rather than typing it in the box.)

Ideally your writing sample should be a piece written for publication, for example for a student newspaper or as a blog post. If this isn’t possible, we will accept a different example of your non-academic, factual writing. Feel free to write a piece ‘as if’ for publication if you don’t have anything suitable. Please don’t send essays or examples of creative writing.

One tip: have a good look at our CV and covering letter advice before you apply.

You must have the right to work within the UK on a full-time basis.

Remember to mention TARGETjobs when contacting employers!