Employee Profile — Jane
Product Development Manager (Previously Editor)
Tell us about yourself:
I’m a geologist by training, and spent a while working in research after university. During this time, I did quite a bit of outreach in schools and enjoyed engaging children in science. CGP’s Graduate Editor advert, offering the chance to create fun education resources, struck a chord. I applied — and haven’t looked back since!
Tell us about your role:
As an Editor, I initially worked on an unusual product for CGP: a guide to the Life in the UK citizenship test. This gave me an insight into the development process, so when a vacancy in the Product Development team arose, I applied and got the job although I hadn’t been an Editor for long. After 3 and a half varied years as a product developer, a year ago I took on the role of team manager (which presented a whole new set of challenges!) and I’m enjoying the wider perspective this gives me on the whole business. While I still develop the occasional product, I now have more opportunity to think about the longer term, looking at how the team can continue to improve the ranges we offer, and also at potential new areas of publishing that CGP could move into.
Tell us about your industry:
We keep a close eye on the frequent changes in the world of education, to make sure we’re not missing any opportunities. It’s exciting trying to figure out how we can get an edge in the market, and this keeps us on our toes.
What advice would you give to graduates looking for jobs now?
Stay positive! Applying for jobs can sometimes be disheartening, but keep looking and be prepared to consider things that might not have been on your radar when you started.