Publishing Courses FAQ

Can I work while I study on the publishing programme?

The Graduate Diploma in Publishing (Applied) is a full-time course with a heavy workload and we recommend students do not attempt to work alongside their study as this may mean you are unable to make the most of the opportunities it offers. The heart of this course is the practical publication work students are engaged in during the afternoons and after hours. If your situation requires you work part-time during your study, we recommend you don't undertake more than 10 hours per week.


I’m interested in working in magazines and newspapers. Is the Whitireia publishing programme right for me?

While some graduates have found work in magazines and news media, our programme trains students primarily for trade and government publishing. A journalism degree would be the most suitable background for a career in magazine or newspaper publishing.


Will the publishing course at Whitireia allow me to work from home as a freelance editor?

Many of our graduates have established freelance careers and now work for themselves. However, in most cases they first worked in-house for a publisher, honing their editing skills and developing their networks. 


Does the Whitireia publishing course teach me how to self-publish my own books?

The course focuses on training for the professional publishing industry and most graduates move on to entry-level roles in publishing houses. However, the skills and information you gain are certainly applicable to writers who want to understand the publishing process better and perhaps publish their own work.


Does the Whitireia publishing course teach me how to set up my own business?

Although most graduates move on to entry-level roles in publishing houses, some have started their own businesses after graduation. Graduates learn the publishing-specific skills and information needed to set up a publishing business, but there are of course many aspects of general business and financial management that someone setting up a business requires and these are outside the scope of the course.


If I complete the Whitireia publishing programme, could I get a job overseas?

Absolutely – while our programme is tailored for the New Zealand publishing industry, the skills our students learn are useful throughout the publishing world. Many of our graduates are currently working overseas, from Australia to the UK.


Are there long-term career prospects in publishing considering the current changes in the sector?

Although publishing is in a period of significant change, the new environment is bringing opportunities and growth, especially for smaller and niche publishers. People are still reading, and booksellers are reporting record sales figures in recent years, especially around Christmas. The process of professional publishing is one of adding value and quality to that reading experience, and there is more content now than ever before.

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