Andrew Phillips

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Journalism, Media and Publishing
Job title: Managing Director
Subject of study: Arabic and Islamic Studies
Year of graduation: 1986
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Previously Pearson

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I’ve worked for 34 years in media: McGraw-Hill, Electronic Arts, Dorling Kindersley, Penguin and Pearson.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I initially chose it as I could use my degree in Arabic & Islamic Studies and travel to the Middle East frequently. I have always loved publishing because of the people in each company, as well as working with authors, booksellers and lots of creative people.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Arabic Society.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

I enjoyed learning a new subject, but especially spending a year abroad in Egypt.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

I can’t think of what I didn’t enjoy! The campus is great, my course was excellent, the people I met are lifelong friends, and living in Exeter was great in itself but also given the access from there to lots of other places.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Because of the course – at the time it was one of the only places to study Arabic and the only place which organized a year abroad.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

1. Having an international, multi-cultural mindset has helped in my regular travel and living abroad.

2. Being thorough with the delivery of every task I’ve been involved with.

3. Taking on new responsibilities with enthusiasm.

4. Being socially capable has been fundamental given the many types of people I’ve been involved with over the years.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Publishing has evolved and isn’t just about books and depending on the role, you don’t have to be a reader. I would investigate what types of roles exist in publishing, and find the right fit for your skills.

What are your plans for the future?

A new role or something completely different.


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