This job title covers quite a broad range of careers. For example, what type of magazine or art? There’s multiple ways to go with this one, but this post is an overview. As a magazine stylist or art editor, my job would entail: working as part of a design team; laying out and producing look/styles for issues/pieces; keeping up to date with and anticipating trends; and working with digital software. In order to do all of this I would have to have: good communication skills, I’ll likely be working in a team; computer skills – more often than not I would be working on software such as Photoshop to create designs and layouts; problem solving and organisational skills, myself and my (potential) team need to overcome obstacles and get the task done within a time limit – so time management skills as well.
In order to get into a job like this, I would need experience within the area the magazine/art focuses on – so work experience placements or a Saturday job would benefit me. I would also need a relevant degree. Often, the route into a job like this is through another job. Many editors begin as graphic designers, for example. In terms of progression: there would be the opportunity to pursue a management role once I have a lot of experience (about 7 years minimum). I could even go on to start my own design agency. The job isn’t limited geographically. You can work anywhere, you just have to be available.
If I decide this career is one I’d like to pursue, or you would like to pursue it; the places to find more information would be:
- Online. www.prospects.ac.uk is a really good site for giving you all of the information you need about a job.
- Work experience. Find a placement in your chosen area to edit/style, and speak to the people there. Maybe even shadow another editor/stylist – they’ll give you a really good insight into their line of work
- Speak to anyone you know in the industry, you may find someone you know has a contact you can speak with to get more information.