Alex Yagoub, MIHE's UK and Ireland Academic Partnership Manager, answers our 10 questions
1. Who are you? Where are you based?
My name is Alex, the Academic Partnership Manager for the UK and Ireland. I’m based in Cardiff so I work from home and travel around campuses a lot!
2. How would you describe what you do at MIHE?
I’m the digital product expert for MIHE in the UK and Ireland, so I support our team with their digital opportunities and subscriptions. Apart from that I also have oversight on our direct to institution relationships, and manage the admin side to many of our subscriptions.
3. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve worked on since you’ve been here?
I think without a doubt it’s some of the Learning Technologies we’re working on right now, like Sapling
. When you show someone how Sapling works and what it can do they’re blown away by its possibilities and how it can help their students.
4. What’s the most interesting thing you can see from your desk right now?
I live in a beautiful part of Cardiff! My desk looks out of a window and you can see the Cardiff Bay Waterfront. Mind, I tend to have the blinds shut or I’d get nothing done and stare out all day! (See the featured image of Alex's view over Cardiff Bay)
5. What book are you reading at the minute? What do you think of it?
I drive and travel a lot – so the ‘reading’ I do tends to be on Audible! Two books I’ll note for similar reasons, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
by Sir Alex Ferguson. Both give an unreal insight into these two geniuses of our times, and takes you from loving, hating, relating, sympathising, misunderstanding … to loving them again.
6. What’s the one thing you love most about working at MIHE?
The nature of my job means I’m never in the same place too long, and I’m always out and about working from a different office and campus every day. That being said, the colleagues I work with make my life and workload unbelievably better, and the Kings Cross office is beautiful … not that I’m ever there long enough to enjoy it!
7. What advice would you give to someone looking to find their first job in publishing?
Culture, culture, culture. No publisher is the same and I’ve been extremely lucky to work with publishers that have open door policies and a good team working environment. Do your research, find the right fit for you and intern there! Get a flavour for it, and let your experience in the internship develop your career path.
8. What’s a TV programme you watched recently that you’d recommend?
I’ve watched Mad Men
back to front once before and I’ve recently started watching it again. It’s a brilliant series and the story lines from both a personal and professional perspective are fascinating.
9. Describe your typical working day
I’m field-based so I’m either on campus by 9am in meetings, or I work from home. Working from home means getting up at 6.45am, brewing the first
pot of coffee of the day while checking emails on my phone, making breakfast, then organising any admin bits that don’t involve sending emails out at unsocial hours! At which point 9am will hit and the proper working day starts!
10. What’s an interesting fact we might not know about you?
I was born and raised in North Sudan, until 2002. I can speak fluent Arabic, and my surname is the Arabic translation of the word Jacob.
Featured image credit: Alex snapped this photo of a sunset over Cardiff Bay (see question 4).