Gaby is Director of Strategy at Elsevier Science and Technology.
She’s 13 years into an interesting and varied career during which she has worked in brand management for FMCG and supermarkets, a management consultancy and now a ‘publisher’. She has a BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.
Gaby kindly agreed to share her inspiring career story with us!
Where do you work?
Elsevier, which is part of Reed Elsevier, a B2B information company
Where did you start your career?
Procter & Gamble, Consumer Goods and then Sainsbury’s.
How many years into your career are you?
13 years (yikes!)
How many companies have you worked for so far in your career?
How many hours a week do you work?
Who do you report into?
CEO of Elsevier Science & Technology
Why did you decide to leave your previous job?
I was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm. I loved consulting and I loved the people I worked with, but I felt that (a) I wanted to focus on a specific industry and build deeper expertise in something and (b) I wanted a lifestyle that was a bit more predictable, to fit in with having a young family. So I looked for a job that combined the elements I liked from consulting and that met my ambitions to be a bit more focused, and ended up leading the Strategy function at Elsevier Science and Technology.
What are the best bits about your current job?
The opportunity to work in an industry that makes a difference to the world (scientific research), my incredibly smart and funny colleagues, and working at a senior enough level that I can make or influence decisions that drive real change.
How does your experience from your previous job(s), help you in your new role?
My consulting career taught me a lot about how to structure and communicate my thinking, but more importantly, gave me confidence in myself and my own abilities to make a difference in a variety of often unfamiliar situations.
Where do you see yourself at the height of your career?
Running, or helping to run, businesses that combine being profitable and useful to society in some way.
What advice do you have for talented young people building their career?
Do something you are passionate about, with people that are prepared to invest in you. Working hard at a job you aren’t excited about becomes drudgery after a while, and having a few people who believe in you and can help to create opportunities for you can really help you accelerate and achieve your potential.
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