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Brief Encounter - Andrew Gordon

 

Andrew GordonAndrew Gordon is the new director of the University-owned jobs board, jobs.ac.uk. The site is widely recognised as one of the largest and most successful job sites in the UK. Over 30,000 jobs are advertised each year and there are over 300,000 unique users each month. Andrew was involved in the initial set up of the site in January 1998 and has now returned to the company after a period spent running his own web marketing consultancy.

Position
Director, jobs.ac.uk

Which means
I think I'm in charge

Favourite phrase
"What do you think?"

Least favourite phrase
"Yes, but..."

Magazines read
The Economist, New Scientist and Wired.

Best thing about working at Warwick
The stimulating intellectual and entrepreneurial environment.

Worst thing about working at Warwick
Not enough turning 'knowing' into 'doing'.

Lifelong ambition
To learn to fly a helicopter.

People are always surprised to learn this about me, but...
I used to be a soldier.

As a young child what did you want to be as a "grown-up"?
A fighter pilot.

If you could change one thing in the University overnight, what would it be?
Breaking down the artificial and unhelpful barriers between academics, administrators and clerical grades.

What has life's experience taught you so far?
Life is very short and never perfect so you'd better enjoy the here and now.