How I Got Here: Product Marketing Manager

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What’s your current position?

Product Marketing Manager-Business and Finance Titles

How long have you been at Wiley?

Since September 2020

What year did you graduate and what degree did you receive?

2019: B.S. in Integrated Elementary Education M.ed in Curriculum and Instruction

Give us a quick rundown of your career path. Where did you start, and how did you get to where you are now?

My whole life I had a dream of being a teacher. I took every opportunity to put myself in a space where I could bring this dream to life- electives, tutoring, etc. I then graduated and spent a few years substituting in a classroom of my own while obtaining my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education and Curriculum and Instruction.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I was teaching virtually and supporting the other teachers on how to use the digital resources. I soon realized that I loved education and training most about my job and found an opportunity as a Customer Success Manager at a Higher Education publishing company (Wiley) where I was provided the chance to train customers and still be close to education!

After about two years as a CSM, building relationships with customers and supporting them in finding solutions to their concerns teaching online, I began finding my interest was piqued in other areas. I reached out to different Wiley employees and actually found myself really intrigued by the Marketing side of the house. So, I began offering to help with projects for the Marketing team, as long as it didn’t take away from my job as a CSM and eventually when a job came available on the team, I applied and am now the Product Marketing Manager for Business and Finance titles. I love the ability it provides me to be creative, influence those still in my previous role (other CSMs and DLEs), and how close I get to be to the products to experience a whole new world.

Top three skills you think are useful in your current job.

The top three skills I think have been helpful in every job I’ve had are communication/ability to build/foster relationships, willingness to learn, and ability to self-start and take initiative.

Do you have any interview tips?

Be yourself! As cheesy as it sounds- you should be hired for your strengths and abilities and utilized/leveraged as a member of their team accordingly. I used to tell my students “we all have a smart and yours may differ from others but you can’t judge a fish by its ability to climb” which of course with 6 year olds led to some really funny conversations.

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