Marketing Assistant, CSIRO Publishing; Customer Service Specialist, Pearson Education Australia
I’ve only been in my current role for three months, so I’m hoping for many more ‘career highlights’ to come! In my current role at CSIRO I help create marketing collateral and promotional items for our journals and books. For journals, this means making certificates for our journal prizes, as well as flyers and satchel inserts for conferences. For books, I help send out review copies, create sales sheets for distributors and flyers for each book, and do some social media outreach. I will also be taking on some exhibiting and selling at conferences and book launches.
My current highlight is designing name badges for the Editor-in-Chiefs of our scholarly journals. The badges were all branded to the individual journals, so that the EiCs could wear them at conferences where they represent the journal, with the aim to assist with commissioning content. It was a chance to splash out and really take the creative lead on a project that was new territory for both the business and myself, and I’ve had really great feedback.
What was your first job?
My very first job was at a chicken shop, but my first job ‘on the path’ was as a casual retail assistant at Dymocks bookshop in Adelaide during my undergrad.
How have the humanities helped you in your career?
My Bachelor of Arts undergraduate was the launching pad for eventually getting into the publishing field. I majored in English Literature, and I think that taught me a lot of valuable skills, both specific and academic, that were relevant for my Master degree. My Master degree also increased my understanding of the book publishing world, and taught me skills specific to the publishing field. Both these degrees inform the way I think and work in an everyday context.
Why do you think the humanities matter today?
For me, the humanities taught me how to think about the world and human interaction. Humanities disciplines taught me to analyse issues and conflicts from different perspectives and look below the surface – a critical skill in a world that can at times (when I’m feeling particularly pessimistic) seem increasingly divided and intolerant.
What are you reading now?
The last physical book I read was The First Stone by Helen Garner (shout out to my bookclub). However, I’m driving for about two hours per day, so I’ve recently turned to audiobooks. I just finished ‘reading’ an audiobook of Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. That led to some very emotional car trips! I’m hoping to start the next book in the Sevenwaters series, but I think I need time to emotionally heal and prepare first!