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John Fallon

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Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I went to the University of Hull in northeastern England to study economics, politics, and sociology—I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a career, but I was interested in politics and journalism.
I loved college and was involved in a variety of activities and organizations, including the soccer team, labor club, student newspaper, and was even elected president of the student union.
After graduating, I went to work in policy and communications roles for the UK government.
Having worked in the public sector throughout my career, I realized at 30 years old that I wanted to go into the private sector...but was denied an interview by the boss of the company I applied to.
I sent a letter to the senior hiring manager telling him that he made a huge mistake and highlighting what I had to offer, which led to a job offer a month later!
After that, I moved on to Pearson as the director of communications.
I was diagnosed with throat cancer in my 50s and underwent extensive treatment—after beating it, I chose to go back to work, but I make sure to really enjoy the small things now.
I’ve now spent over 20 years with Pearson, working my way up to CEO of the company.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Economics, Politics, and Sociology
The University of Hull

Career

CEO

I lead a global company under the primary goal of empowering people’s lives through learning.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Business
Teaching / Mentoring

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

A friend of mine gave me really great advice that I want to share: planning out your whole life in one interest isn't necessarily the best way to live. Instead, live your life in 5 or 10 year stretches. When you feel as if you've accomplished all that you're going to within one of those stretches, have the confidence and courage to reinvent yourself.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You're not right for the job."

Challenges I Overcame

Cancer Survivor
Career Change