Life after Kaya School of Magazine

Last week there was a small gathering of last year’s graduates who are now are currently working in the magazine industry. Here they reflect on their experience of the course, talk about the lasting relationships this course fosters and why people who are considering a career in the industry should consider attending Kaya School of Magazine.

Anyone attending a professional course expects the academic learning to be of high quality and of relevance, this goes without saying, and Kaya School of Magazine offers this in abundance through both the theoretic and practical elements of the course. In addition, the graduates of last year’s programme are surprised at the friendships that they forged both with the students and with the lecturers.

While their time together now is much more limited – as they have full-time jobs – they are trying to meet up regularly so that they can form their own ‘community’ to exchange news and views, trends and ideas on the changing world of journalism. To those graduates, it is a meaningful and valuable time for mutual development.

“The most valuable asset for me was the people I got to know at Kaya School of Magazine who share the same dream and want to establish a career in the same industry. I can rely on them for the advice and support. When I first decided to attend Kaya School, I did not realise I would get to know people in this way. I still think that I was lucky to have those times with classmates sharing our ideas and debating over how to create a good and impactful magazine. It really motivates me to be on track,” says John Park, Assistant Editor, Leon Korea, Moneytoday Publishing.

Eunji Jang Assistant Editor, Neighbor, Kaya Media reflects not only on the classmate friendships but also tells us that the lecturers continue to champion their work: “I bumped into the one of the lecturers, Hye-Yeon Han, Fashion Stylist the other day at an event that I went to report on. She was proud to see me now working as an editor.” 

These graduates were all determined to become editors, but they stressed that what they learned at Kaya School was much broader than just editorial and content matters – it gave them insight and knowledge into the production of magazines in terms of design, planning, and organising. 

“I was very much impressed and still remember Jun-Hyun Kim, the art director of a travel magazine vividly. Because his parents loved magazines, there were always piles of then at home when he was a child. He said that the magazines have just naturally become his life ever since. He told us interesting stories about his work at various magazine companies including the men’s fashion, living, and travel magazine companies with specific and detailed cases he dealt with. He was very thorough and committed to the materials he prepared for the lecture. He taught us how to plan and organize the contents while being harmonious with the other aspects of production.” said Sunkwan Kim Assistant Editor, Motor Trend, Kaya Media.

For candidates who have the determination to excel, they know that there is likely to be a job offer from Kaya (as well as other magazine companies) by the end of the course. “All of us here got a job offer around the time of graduation”, said Jang.

Kaya School of Magazine was established to contribute to the advancement in the magazine industry and to educate people who have a passion towards magazines. Anyone with an interest in magazine journalism and magazine industry can apply for the course.

For more details about the course go to Kaya Media‘s website or FIPP’s website.

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