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Book Publishing Editor

Stephen, works for Editor National Geographic. He has a COOL JOB in the Book Publishing Division.

His Gig:

Stephen is an editor in the book publishing division at National Geographic.

Career Path:

“From my earlier teaching experience, educational publishing is a natural extension from teaching.” He taught for eight years, and has been in educational publishing for almost 20 years. “I have worked for varieties of companies — large and small. There are so many constant ownership changes in publishing that one must be flexible. I like variety so I welcome change and new challenges.” His first big break was when he joined a small startup company about five years ago. “It was very successful, then it sold to a large corporation.”

A Day in the Life Of:

“Biggest challenge is to find time to do concentrated work — most of the day is filled with meetings and interruptions —finding time to concentrate on one issue is difficult.” Stephen works about 9 - 10 hours a day.

High Five:

“The creative product planning aspect, problem solving, working with a team of people.”

Down Low:

“The numerous and diverse objectives — I have to keep a lot of balls up in the air.”


When he’s not working Stephen likes to read, swim, dine out and do fun outdoor activities.

Words from the Wise:

“Be flexible and try new positions. Most careers are not linear. The most interesting career is one with lots of different options and aspects. Never turn down an opportunity to learn or try something different.”


BA in History, University of California

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