To kick things off on the blog we interviewed Jake, The Editor of One Magazine. So have a read of his interview to find out more about his job, what his hobbies are, where he would love to travel to and much more.
What’s your job title?
Editor of One Magazine
What is a day like in your job?
Every day is different. At the start of the month I’m putting together the flat plan, deciding which content is relevant for the upcoming issue and deciding what will help our advertisers get a good response. As the month goes on I move onto other tasks such as writing content, copy-editing articles for the magazine, working with the sales team to bring in advertisers and then briefing the designers to create amazing adverts for our clients. I also spend time speaking with local people and PR companies around Devon to find out the current stories in the local area.
What are you working on right now?
I am currently working on the November issue so I’m putting together a guide on Christmas events coming up in the area. I’m also working on a piece from a recent interview with Citizens Advice on their 80th anniversary.
What’s the best part about your job?
My favourite part of the job is meeting passionate and positive people as that always inspires me. I once interviewed a woman who worked with llamas and was so passionate about what she did. As well as allowing people to come along and trek across Devon with her llamas, she also would take the llamas into care homes to give the residents a form of respite by allowing them to interact with these gentle animals. She told me a story about how one of the residents wouldn’t talk to anyone but suddenly began talking to the llama because it made him feel so at peace. I love stories like this so the best bit of my job is then being able to take these stories and convey their positivity in an article.
What’s the worst part about your job?
The hardest part of my job is getting all the content and all the advertising to fit together in the magazine each month. It’s like a big game of Tetris. It’s secretly quite fun though. The worst part is only having a limited amount of space for content – it’s tough having to say no so much!
What do you get up to in your spare time?
Anything that isn’t sitting down. I do a lot of downhill mountain biking and if I’m not doing that then I’m working on cars. I have a project car that I’m either working on or driving. Otherwise, I like to get out and do just about anything with my friends and always want my whole weekend to be booked out from start to finish… most of the time anyway.
What’s your favourite thing about living in Devon?
I love the countryside. I like that Devon gives me everything I need for my hobbies like mountain biking and car events. I’m not really a big city person so came back here after University as I missed it too much.
What’s something about you that no one else would know?
When I was 15 I won a fairly large sum of money playing a computer game. That allowed me to buy my first downhill bike and get a head start on buying my first car.
What’s your dream car?
BMW E30 M3 – obviously…
If you could go anywhere, where would it be?
I love America and its National Parks. I’ve been a couple of times, but I would go back in a heartbeat. I’ve also always wanted to go to Iran or North Korea. I think they are both fascinating countries and I’d love to meet the real people who live in these places.
What’s your biggest strength?
I would say my biggest strength is my problem-solving ability. I quite like having to find solutions to a problem in the moment. That and dealing with deadline pressure, I strangely work best when given a short time frame.