Ever wanted to know what the staff at the RSC get up to? In this blog our publishing editors describe some of the interesting activities they are working on, and let you know what it's really like to work at a leading international scientific publishers. You can also hear from the development editors in our publishing team, and find out what exciting projects and RSC social events they have been involved in recently.

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From Publishing Editor to Training Team

d2bc606be86f826e9a1a4e550b1791b2-huge-haHamish Crawford describes how his career is progressing since joining the RSC as a Publishing Editor in 2013.

During my year and a half as a Publishing Editor I was lucky enough to be involved in lots of activities above and beyond the core role of editing and peer review. I have organised focus groups and even coordinated a Faraday Discussion. I am also a Brand Champion, and am involved with making sure our communications follow our Brand guidelines. I was also training a new Publishing Editor on all aspects of the peer review process.

When the Training Team advertised some new positions, I saw an opportunity to gain some new skills, and a chance for some genuine career progression.  My application was successful and I began my new role. As part of the training team I have much more independence and responsibility for my own workload, and am gaining a lot of supervisory and mentoring skills. I am currently training three Publishing Editors how to edit.

Customer service is very important, and at the centre of everything I do, and I work closely with the Customer Service team and Supplier Relations team. I also have regular meetings with both trainees and managers, discussing progress and sharing ideas. There are also other responsibilities that come with being on the Training Team. We are constantly trying to improve our training methods, and come up with new ideas on how to be effective, whether this be how we actually train people, or on developing new workshops that can be beneficial to new and established Publishing Editors.

The Royal Society of Chemistry has grown quickly and effectively over the last few years, and there are opportunities abound for career progression. I have been lucky enough to take advantage of this, and am excited for the future.

Hamish is working in the Training Team within the Royal Society of Chemistry's Publishing Department. To see if there are any current vacancies in Publishing click here.

Posted by Sarah Farley on Feb 4, 2015 6:29 PM Europe/London

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