Our Cary office has welcomed a new assistant. Antonina Javier joined the marketing team in November 2016 after moving to North Carolina from Hawaii. We sat down with her to talk about publishing, books, and the outdoors. She is always ready for an adventure and is eager to share what she has seen.
When did you start working at OUP?
I started in November of 2016.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve found about working at OUP?
When I started working here, I didn’t realize how interconnected the organization is. I thought I’d only be interacting with colleagues in Cary. However, on a daily basis I’m speaking with people from all over the globe.
What’s the least surprising?
There is always something to read. I’m a huge fan of reading our blog posts, but there are endless amounts of interesting books and journals to flip through as well.
What is your typical day like at OUP?
As a marketing assistant, I get to be involved with various activities. I don’t think I’ve established a typical routine yet. I’m still fairly new and am experiencing a wide range of programs and practices. So far, the only consistent thing I do is learn, which is really exciting.
What’s the most enjoyable part of your day?
It’s kind of silly, but at the end of the day I enjoy crossing off items on my to-do list. It’s extremely satisfying.
What was your first job in publishing?
I worked for my school newspaper in college. I was a features writer and columnist.
What’s your favourite book?
Travels with Charlie by John Steinbeck. It’s the book that inspired me to take a cross-country road trip. I also love Steinbeck’s writing style. It’s humorous, approachable, but also has depth.
If you didn’t work in publishing, what would you be doing?
I’d be an adventure photographer. I spend a lot of my free time outdoors and taking photos.
What’s the first thing you do when you get to work in the morning?
Make a cup of tea and dig into my emails.
Who inspires you most in the publishing industry and why?
Alpinist Magazine. The magazine is made up of amazing storytellers who expertly combine writing, art, and adventure. I hold it in such high regard because every piece motivates me to take my own adventures and create my own life story.
How would you sum your job up in three words?
Multifaceted, challenging, and fulfilling.
What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in the publishing industry since working at OUP?
Technology is something that is always on our minds. Right now our team focuses a lot on how we can move away from print and utilize different ways to reach users.
What is in your desk drawer?
My desk drawer serves as my in-office pantry. I have various teas and a collection of snacks.
What is your most obscure talent or hobby?
My main hobby is rock climbing and through that I’ve learned how to tie over 30 different knots.
What is your favorite animal?
Bison. I love how deeply rooted they are to North America’s land, culture, and history. They are beautiful creatures.
Featured image: Yosemite Valley by Lubomir Mihalik. CC0 via Pixabay