Meet Katie Shamash—MPub candidate

November 01, 2019

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

Meet Katie Shamash, Data Scientist at Digital Science

Twitter: @katieshamash

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

KS: I started my degree studying English Literature and Creative Writing. When I was about to graduate, I realized how hard it would be to find a job, and I decided at the last minute to add a minor in Computer Science. I loved it more than I could ever have imagined! I have no regrets about studying English Lit – I loved it, and I use skills from that degree every day, both in my job and in my life. But I wish I had built more hard skills into my degree from the beginning. Those skills have been invaluable in finding job. They’ve also been a lot of fun to learn!

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

KS: I loved how practical and hands-on the degree was. When I was looking for a job after completing the program, I had a ton of relevant, concrete examples I could show. That was really valuable!

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

KS:  Find something you can do that no one else can. This might not be relevant advice for everyone, but it’s been really helpful for me in my professional career. In my case, being able to combine tech skills with experience in publishing has allowed me to push myself faster in both areas than I would have been able to with just one.

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