My Journey to Bright Red

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Starting a new job can be daunting for anyone, but starting your first job in an industry you’ve worked so hard to get into is scary and exciting in equal measures. I’m in my first week as Bright Red’s newest employee; as a Publishing and Marketing Assistant. However, my association with them started many years ago. I was introduced to the Study Guides and, at the time Past Papers, back in 2012 when I was sitting my Standard Grades and Intermediate 2s. To this day I maintain I would not have been able to achieve the grades I did in Chemistry, Physics and Computing without them.

Fast forward to the beginning of 2020, after finishing an undergraduate degree in International Politics I had no idea what I wanted to do as a career. I loved reading and being surrounded by books so I applied for a place on the MSc Publishing course at Edinburgh Napier University. I was successful! The course allowed us to learn about all aspects of publishing and an opportunity to get real life experience working in the publishing industry. I managed to secure a placement with none other than Bright Red. Over the ten weeks I worked with them I was able to develop many skills, such as proofreading, typesetting and dealing with over matter. This time brought out a passion for educational publishing I didn’t realise I had but it’s safe to say I was hooked.

Then when the opportunity to interview for an internship came along, I jumped at the chance. I became the first paid intern for Bright Red and spent from September to December learning even more from the team, which included creating social media strategies, writing e-newsletters and recording a video about the BGE Maths Coursebook.

After a rather fruitless job hunt at the beginning of 2022, I saw Bright Red were hiring for an entry level position and I bit the bullet and applied. I was successful again! Which brings us to today, the beginning of my first week in my new role. I know I have a lot to offer to the team and more to learn but I can safely say without Bright Red my life would look very different right now. So, you never know one day you could be relying on our Study Guides to pass National 5 Chemistry and ten years later you could be introducing yourself on the blog of a publishing company you have always admired.

The Big Move | London to Edinburgh

It’s been just under a year since I followed my heart up to Scotland and left behind my home of twenty-something years in Surrey and working life in London. I swapped my daily train commute for a short walk through the cobbled streets of Edinburgh and life in a huge corporation to one in an independent company. I moved house, companies and countries in the space of one weekend, which looking back was madness, but at the time seemed the most logical thing to do – to immerse myself in my new life up in Scotland.

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Introducing the brightest team around

We are a small, but perfectly formed, team of six and we manage every part of our publishing process from right here in Scotland. We have a wee office in Edinburgh where all the commissioning, editing, publishing, and marketing takes place and a warehouse in beautiful Fife.

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