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Employee Profile — Andy

Graduate / Trainee Editor

Tell us about yourself:

I always wanted to go into an editorial role in publishing after university. However, the job market in publishing was (and still is) very competitive, so I took up a position in digital marketing. It was a great experience, but I was pleased to get the job I always wanted at CGP earlier this year. I’ve taken the long way round, but it’s been worth it!

Tell us about your role:

My main role is to help with the writing and editing of different types of educational books. This varies a great deal based on the project I’m working on — I’ve written children’s stories for creative writing workbooks, used Photoshop to edit images for a primary geography study book and acted out productions in my head for a drama revision guide. Each project comes with its own challenges and quirks, but I’m always learning new skills and I’ve never felt bored once.

Tell us about your future prospects:

The next step in my career would be to become an Editor, where I’d be involved in other editorial aspects of projects and take on more responsibility. My Editing Team Manager has taken the time to ensure I know what skills I need to improve and hone in order to achieve this goal, so it’s just a matter of making sure I’m ready for the step up.

What advice would you give to graduates looking for jobs now?

If you have an idea of what job you’d really like, see what skills you’ll need and then look for positions that allow you to learn and develop those skills. If you’re not sure what you want to do, keep calm and keep looking! Investigate roles that pique your interest, and be open to things you never imagined yourself doing.

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