After I got my bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature and a Masters’ in Business Administration, I started my career as a sales representative working for McGraw Hill in Istanbul. I’ve been in the ELT industry ever since, now working at Macmillan Education.
I’m a huge football fan and played during school and university years. I’m a sailor too – I used to race the "Optimist" and "3.80". I have been running at least 30 km each week for over 7 years and have been a keen skier since I was 13 years old. I like travelling and learning about new cultures, but I’m originally from the north of Anatolia, the Black Sea region of Turkey. It’s known for its dairy products, green highlands, and local bagpipes and a hot-tempered population (I know it all sounds like Scotland!) as well as a land where tea leaves are grown. My family still have a tea plantation in our home town.
What I do at Macmillan:
I’m the Business Development Manager for Turkey, responsible for looking for new ways to work with current customers and building up new business through an account management approach in the Tertiary sector. I manage the promotion and sales of new and existing print and digital products in the region and train and support my colleagues to promote print/digital solutions for different types of school. The role actively identifies new opportunities for Macmillan Education in Turkey and helps maintain the really positive relationships we have with existing customers and distributors.
The best thing about my job:
The best thing I like about the job is the fantastic sense of achievement I feel contributing to the growth of the market and the company here in Turkey. Before applying for a job in Macmillan I really took inspiration from the “Why work for us?” part of the Macmillan Science and Education site, as it really emphasised the Macmillan approach to help people “achieve great things.” There are great opportunities to develop ideas, space to connect with others, room to grow your career and time to progress and succeed. Having spent a year in the company so far, I should say it’s all true!