The ten best things about being an ELT editor

  1. Making a difference. This sounds trite, I know. But anyone working in education has the power to changes lives for the better – and it’s exciting to think about the ways in which people can grow and develop as a result of learning English.
  1. Travel. I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of interesting cities in my career so far… and here’s hoping I get to visit many more!
  1. Meeting teachers and students. One of the best parts of the job is getting to know people from all over the world, and finding out what makes them tick.
  1. Photo and video shoots. There’s nothing more entertaining than a day or two on location, which brings me to…
  1. The variety of the day-to-day. I have an office job, but it’s not always an office job. One day I might be finding a new author, the next – attending an audio recording, or conducting a focus group in a Ukrainian high school. Being an editor is more than just copy-editing.
  1. The combination of creativity and strategy. Mapping out markets and analyzing teacher and learner needs is one thing, but developing a product that ticks the all-important exam boxes while remaining fun and engaging is quite another. And publishers don’t always get it right…
  1. Photo selection meetings. You get to spend a few hours looking at pretty pictures – and choosing your favourites! What’s not to like?
  1. The people. The vast majority of my colleagues disappeared abroad to teach after university (like me), before returning a few years later to a career in ELT publishing with plenty of stories to tell. We’re a multilingual group with intricate knowledge of the countries we lived and loved.
  1. Technology. EdTech histrionics aside, there’s a lot going on at the intersection of mobile technology and language learning – and I’m excited to see where Google Classroom and Facebook’s Summit will go in 2016.
  1. The extra-curriculars. My office job gives me another reason to keep teaching – and thanks to our strong network, there are always plenty of opportunities to step into the classroom.
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