Meet Jazmin Welch — MPub Candidate

November 13, 2019

This interview is part of our “3 Questions” series with Publishing Minor students, Master of Publishing candidates, and MPub alumni.

Meet Jazmin Welch, Production Manager/Designer at Arsenal Pulp Press & owner of Fleck Creative, where she does freelance book design projects!

Instagram: @fleckcreative

What was something you wish you had done differently while in school?

JW: I really wish that I didn't work so much outside of school. As much as I am very grateful for having my freelance business to work on the side and pay my way through school, I know that I wasn't always as invested in the schoolwork with my mind elsewhere. School is what you make it, and the more involved you get, the more you will learn and get out of the experience. 

What was the most valuable skill you took away from your time in the MPub program?

JW: I think part of the puzzle was just coming to understand that to work in publishing you will likely be a jack of all trades, doing a little bit of everything. The MPub gave me foundational knowledge of the entire publishing process, so that wherever I go in my career, I will be able to speak the language of each department and understand what's going on. This, I believe, is something that really sets out an MPub candidate from other job applicants who may not get the whole picture that we are exposed to!

What is 1 piece of advice you would give to current publishing students?

JW: Experiment! A masters isn't the place to be perfect at everything and get perfect grades (although getting scholarships is nice). It's a time to try new things. Sometimes I could kick myself for making projects more difficult than they needed to be because I wanted to teach myself a new skill, such as a new piece of design software, but looking back on those choices I know I'm a better designer for it. The overall experience fuelled me to be a problem solver, get curious, and continue to try new things. It's great to be able to experiment within the walls of a university with faculty who support you. It's much easier to do it now, rather than when you're on the job or off the side of your desk.

Learn more about Canada's only Master of Publishing program. Applications for Fall are accepted until February 1st.