New ways of working for new ways of learning – MaWSIG conference, 20th February 2016

On a drizzly Saturday 20th February, I hopped on a rather painfully early train to London to attend the IATEFL Materials Writing Special Interest Group (MaWSIG) conference entitled ‘New ways of working for new ways of learning’. Some friends and colleagues teased me for undertaking work-related activities voluntarily on a Saturday, but I had booked and paid for the conference back when I was still a teacher in Berlin hoping to land a job back in publishing. Now I (somehow!) have said job in publishing, it’s even more relevant so I was really looking forward to a day of interesting talks about English Language Teaching (ELT) and publishing, as well as to meeting some of the many lovely people I have met online over the past year.

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How to survive a new publishing job

Unbelievably, I have now been at OUP for four weeks. I am slowly getting to grips with the 25 or so projects I’ll be managing (more about those in another post…to come soon I hope!) and everyone has been incredibly patient and kind with me as I find my feet. I love the company so far: the atmosphere is great, the workload seems manageable and, most importantly, the cafeteria is miles ahead of the cafe on the business park where I used to work!

But, onto more serious matters! This is now my third ‘proper’ publishing job, so I feel I’m just about qualified to share some of my tips on how to survive a new role in this wonderful industry. Hopefully the tips will be relevant across other industries too, and I’d love to hear yours!

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