Katie Winston, Higher Education Consultant for Queensland and New Zealand, takes our 10 questions
My name is Katie Winston and I am based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
1. Who are you? Where are you based?
I am a Higher Educational Consultant for Macmillan International Higher Education. I look after 17 universities across Queensland and New Zealand and help academics find the resources they need for their units.
2. How would you describe what you do at MIHE?
I’ve really enjoyed building up the opportunities across my territory and working with the variety of academic and student needs at different institutions. Each opportunity comes with its own unique interests and challenges.
3. What's the most interesting thing you've worked on since you've been here?
I can see Dunedin harbour from my hotel window and, in the distance, the Otago Peninsula where New Zealand’s only castle (Lanarch Castle) is.
4. What's the most interesting thing you can see from your desk right now?
I am reading Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. It’s excellent! I love the movie and the book is even better. I would recommend anyone who loves the movie to read the book.
5. What book are you reading at the minute? What do you think of it?
I love the combination of publishing and education. It perfectly combines my previous experience working in higher education and bookstore management. I still get really excited to see new releases and know how useful they will be to the academics that I meet with.
6. What's the one thing you love most about working at MIHE?
There are a lot of different roles to play in publishing, such as sales, customer service, editorial and marketing. My advice would be to just get started in the industry in any way you can. No matter your role, you will learn a lot about the industry and there is a lot of opportunity to move around.
7. What advice would you give to someone looking to find their first job in publishing?
I am a BIG Harry Potter fan. And while I have read the series and watched the movies more times than I can count, I have absolutely fallen in love with the audiobooks, read by Stephen Fry. Whether you’re new to Harry Potter or are already a full blown Potterhead, I strongly encourage you to listen to the audiobooks.
8. What's something you've enjoyed recently that you'd recommend?
I drop my son to day care and my husband to work and then I start talking to academics. Sometimes I visit local campuses around Brisbane or the Gold Coast, sometimes I phone into campuses in remote Queensland or New Zealand, and sometimes I travel away from home to visit remote campuses in person. I usually work through department by department. Sometimes I have appointments and other times I just drop in. Universities are well known for their great coffee and cheap food, so I take a break in the early afternoon and enjoy the university’s architecture or history before continuing calling until about 4pm. Then it’s back to pick up my son and husband and then home to work on emails, send out inspection copies and other admin tasks! Every day varies and that’s another great thing about this job.
9. Describe your typical working day
After working at the RSPCA and Guide Dogs NZ, I started running my own animal charity here in Brisbane called Pets in the Park. It is a charity which provides free veterinary care to pets of homeless people. I work with a good friend of mine who is a vet. We held our first clinic in 2016 for one bird. Now we have over 30 regular volunteers and close to 50 patients every month. It has been a very rewarding experience, not only because it means working with animals but also because we get to meet some incredible people and share in the bond they have with their animals.
10. What's an interesting fact we might not know about you?
Katie pictured with Trixie to the right. Trixie is one of Katie’s favourite patients, Trixie visits the Pets in the Park clinic every month and is completely devoted to her human.