Employee Profile — Matt
Senior Editor & Training Supervisor
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:
I have a couple of different roles within the editing department, which means there’s nice variety to my job. As a senior editor, my time is spent planning content, commissioning work from external authors, writing material (including the odd bad joke!), reviewing other editors’ pages and proofreading whole books. My Training Supervisor role sees me coordinating training and development across the department, which provides great opportunities to work with different people and help individuals to learn and progress — all of which I really enjoy.
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:
The next step for me would be to become an Editing Team Manager, where I’d take on the responsibility of leading and managing a team of editors. For the moment, I’m still fairly new to the Training Supervisor role, so I’m looking forward to seeing what this role will bring and hopefully being able to having a positive impact on the department through it.
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!