The three successful candidates from HarperCollins' 2015 Graduate Scheme are to begin their placements at the business.
Lily Cooper, Ralph Barker and Jordan Mulligan are beginning paid 18-month placements at HarperCollins, taking in different aspects of the business, including editorial, marketing, sales and digital.
The HarperCollins Graduate Scheme has run for more than 20 years, with each trainee on the programme given a senior member of the business as a mentor to offer advice during the process.
This year saw the introduction of initial home-made video interviews which tested candidates on their creative thinking rather than assessing their academic results. The process also included two rounds of assessment at HarperCollins' London Bridge headquarters which saw applicants give presentations to the executive committee.
Director of people, John Athanasiou, said: “I’ve said before that the scheme is central to our strategy here at HarperCollins – we want the very best people, and we want to keep them – and that’s what the Graduate Scheme is all about. We take it very seriously, which you can see in the fact that the executive committee are the assessors in the last stage of the recruitment process. The scheme is also brilliant in that you don’t have to be one of the successful applicants to get a job at HarperCollins – it provides us with a pipeline of top talent and it’s great to see them begin their new roles and careers here too.”
University of Essex and Central St Martin graduate and former freelance writer, Barker, is beginning his rotation with 4th Estate and William Collins editorial. He said: “I'm really excited to be joining the Graduate Scheme and looking forward to learning more about the business as we move around our rotations. I'll be starting in 4th Estate where I'm really keen to find out about the editorial process and get stuck in to lively projects, devouring as many books as I can along the way!”
Cooper, University of Sussex graduate and former receptionist, who is beginning her rotation in Fiction and Non-Fiction editorial, said: “Coming into such a well-respected and dynamic company has been fantastic so far. I’m probably most excited about doing a sales placement later on this year.”
Mulligan is a graduate of the University of Glasgow. He said: “I feel very privileged to have been accepted onto the Graduate Scheme. Walking into the office I feel excited and overwhelmed all at once. I look forward to the insight the next eighteen months will grant me, and to taking on any challenges that are placed in my path.”
HarperCollins UK c.e.o. Charlie Redmayne added: “I’m very much looking forward to seeing the graduates get started on this year’s scheme. It’s a real testament to them that they made it through such a rigorous selection process, I’m very confident that they will make an invaluable contribution to the business.”
Alumni of the scheme include children’s publishing director Nick Lake, 4th Estate marketing manager Tara Al Azzawi, and pricing analyst Dami Ekpe. Talented applicants that do not make it onto the scheme are also considered for other roles across the company, such as Helen Huthwaite, now senior commissioning editor for Avon, and James Lewis, now senior communications officer.