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Julie Steiger

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As children, we're all asked the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" How did you answer?

A writer.

What have been the most defining moments along your career path?

Even though you're at the bottom of the ladder don't feel like you are less than anyone else. Everyone has to start somewhere.

How did you get your big breaks?

I got the job by answering a newspaper ad. There were two jobs open so I applied for both and had 2 interviews for each job. I was offered an Editorial Assistant position in the Professional, Reference, Trade Group/Chemistry and Food Science group.

What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?

Learning every day. My boss is great--in general people seem to be mellow.?Working independently, you have some autonomy?Even though you're at the bottom of the ladder you don't feel like you are because you have some autonomy. They don't treat you like the slave girl you know you really are!

What have you learned from your experience?

The essence of the job is Project Management: a book proposal comes in--you keep up every stage of it, send out related correspondence, keep up with contracted payments, negotiating deadlines, dealing with people both coworkers and authors, research (one of my editors is designing a new program and I do web searches to look for the top people in field at each university).

What most excites you about your job right now?

The best part of the job is that it's varied and the days go by fast, never any downtime. Also, the "cute" authors I get to meet--they are passionate about their work.

On a scale of 1-10, how relevant was your academic major to your career? (1=not at all, 10=absolutely essential)


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