Tell us about yourself:
I loved my time at university, but left without any firm ideas about what I was going to do next. Educational publishing wasn’t something I’d ever really considered as a career path, but I was excited to be able to use some of the skills and knowledge I’d acquired during my degree.
Tell us about your role:
Working in the editing department offers more variety than I expected when I started the job, and each project brings with it a range of new opportunities and challenges. On recent projects I’ve been able to plan content, commission work from external authors, write material (including the odd bad joke!), design graphics, review other editors’ pages and proofread whole books.
Tell us about your industry:
Education policy is never too far from the headlines, and as an educational publisher we have to prepare for curriculum changes even before teachers do. The recent overhaul of GCSEs and A Levels has kept us particularly busy — but the changes also provided new and exciting opportunities for us.
Tell us about your future prospects:
I haven’t been a Senior Editor for all that long, so I’m still developing my skills in planning and running projects, as well as managing the workloads of other editors. I’ve also begun to deliver training sessions for new graduates, which I’ve really enjoyed and would like to do again.
What advice would you give to graduates looking for jobs now?
Keep your eyes open! Trawling through job boards isn’t the most glamorous of tasks, but the time and effort does pay off. Be confident in your abilities, look for jobs that will utilise your skills and be prepared to put in some hard work along the way. Good luck!