Rising star: Kira Latham, account manager, Route 1 Print

Jo Francis
Friday, January 17, 2020

Kira was headed for the heat of the kitchen but ended up in a hot seat in print instead. She’s 22 and joined Rotherham-based Route 1 just over four years ago.

What did you study, and did you have a particular career in mind?

I studied Hospitality and Catering and always thought I would go into a catering career. Turns out the heat of the kitchen isn’t for everyone!

Did you know anything about print beforehand?

Going into Route 1 Print, I knew absolutely nothing about print so it still amazes me how much I’ve already learned and how much there still is to learn

What does your role entail?

I head up one of the account management teams. I work with clients to support them within their businesses. I manage my team, give one-to-ones, and support them in their personal development

What’s the most enjoyable or interesting thing about it?

The most interesting thing is the number of different people I come into contact with. Whether it be speaking to our marketing team
to get their input, assisting my team with any challenges or keeping in touch with all of our clients – there is always some-thing new to learn

What would be your dream job (print related)?

I’d love to continue to be involved in personal development and training, it’s great to see someone come into the business like I did not knowing anything about print, and then supporting them to learn and grow

What would be your dream job (not print related)?

I’d love to be the owner of a bakery!

What’s top of your playlist at the moment?

Definitely Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles

Which box set would you recommend?

Scandal is great; Olivia Pope is an amazing character

What’s your most-used app?

Instagram by far!

What has surprised you most about working in the printing industry?

How many opportunities there are. I’ve been really privileged to work in such a fast growing, forward-thinking business, which has given me a huge amount of amazing opportunities to grow my skills and experience

What could the printing industry be doing more of to entice millennials into print?

I think often, millennials can be put off of a role in the print industry with the thought of needing a lot of experience or not knowing enough about such a large industry. I think recruiting on values and not experience helps massively. If the values are there, then experience can be learned


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