Working in Sales with Angelica Stevenson

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For Work in Publishing Week 2019, we asked Angelica some questions about her career path, publishing and tips for someone who wants to work in the industry.

Angelica Stevenson is a sales admin assistant for Kogan Page.

For Work in Publishing Week 2019, we asked Angelica some questions about her career path, publishing and tips to get into the industry.

Work in Publishing aims to inspire young people aged 14-24 to pursue a career in publishing.

Describe your role:

As a recent graduate, my role so far has been a wonderful introduction the working world, and a great way of learning about the publishing industry. So far, I have gained new skills in data mining, honed my research skills; and nuanced skills finding the perfect match between a university course and a textbook we offer in finding prospective customers/lecturers, who would be interested in our books and products.

How did you get your role

This is my first post graduate role, as I graduated from University in July, and shortly after gained my entry-level position at Kogan Page this August. After a summer work placement in the penultimate summer prior ro graduation, I realised the environment of publishing greatly appealed to my skills, but more importantly to me as a person. I wanted to work in publishing so I focussed purely on roles within the publishing sector.

What do you love about your role?

I love that my role allows me to work in an individual way, with the ability to collaborate easily with colleagues; whilst simultaneously working towards a collective goal. I have been made to feel that at Kogan Page my position functions towards the collective goals and ethos of the company.

What would be your top tip for someone who wants to work in publishing?

My top tip would be to remain open-minded, people think of “publishing” and think books book books. Books are a vital part of the industry. Although, there are so many wonderful routes you can take within publishing; sales, marketing, production, social media management etc. If you have passion for creation and feel you will flourish in a team-based productive environment, you will.

Work in Publishing Week

Work in Publishing Week takes place in November each year. Details of this years campaign can be found here.