Pearson, the world's leading learning company, presents an exciting and challenging opportunity designed to develop the next generation of Pearson leaders.

The Pearson Leadership Development Program (PLDP) is a full-time, salaried 24-month rotational program where Associates have a unique, cross-functional opportunity to accelerate their professional development and make an impact on millions of learners all over the globe.

Pearson aspires to be "always learning" in everything we do, and we invite you to join us in our mission.

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How to Apply

Applications for the PLDP will be available in Fall 2015.

About the Program

The Pearson Leadership Development Program (PLDP) offers Associates a full-time, salaried position. The program combines on-the-job experience with leadership workshops, rigorous training, senior leader mentorship and support from all areas within Pearson.

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The Pearson Leadership Development Program offers:

  • Two challenging rotations: develop soft and hard skills that are transferable across functions, businesses, and geographies with support from senior Pearson leaders
  • Networking opportunities: gain broad exposure to Pearson's businesses through a structured mentorship program, executive seminars, and networking events
  • Leadership curriculum: participate in professional development workshops, strategic business projects with other PLDP Associates, customized online curriculum, and peer-led training

In order to maximize the leadership potential of each PLDP Associate, we identify rotation assignments that meet your unique skills and interests. Rotations may include areas in:


  • Architecture & Analysis
  • Data Scientist
  • Full-Stack Developers
  • Project Management
  • Quality Assurance (QA)
  • Software Development & Engineering
  • User Experience (UX)


  • Business Development
  • Efficacy
  • Marketing/Communication
  • Product Development/Management
  • Research
  • User Experience (UX)

Pearson is invested in your holistic development. Associates have an opportunity to leverage their current abilities while simultaneously building an expansive, diverse set of skills. Due to our broad range in businesses and prospective rotations, we welcome applicants with varied strengths and interests. All majors are encouraged to apply.

  • BA or BS degree obtained between January 2010 – June 2015
  • Geographically mobile
  • Internship, entrepreneurship, or work experience is required
  • Proper authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Cover letter is required
Candidate Preferred Qualities
  • Proven leadership and analytical skills
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Passion for making a difference in education and impacting the future of global minds
  • Perseverance and grit
  • Adaptable to change
  • Math, Science, Engineering, and/or Technology background
Frequently Asked Questions



  • I've submitted my online application form and my résumé via the online Pearson careers page. Do I get a confirmation that you've received them?

    All applicants receive an email confirmation upon submitting their résumé and cover letter and are directed to a confirmation page once their application form is submitted. Due to the number of applicants we are unable to confirm receipt of individual applications.

  • When do I hear back after submitting my online application form and résumé?

    Applications will be accepted until October 2014. Qualified candidates will be contacted for phone interviews. Due to the number of applicants, we are unable to respond to phone calls and emails regarding application status.

  • What is the PLDP Hiring Summit? Will I need to cover my own travel expenses?

    The PLDP Hiring Summit is the final stage of the interview process. All expenses will be covered by Pearson.

  • What are the responsibilities of a PLDP Associate? What does the day-to-day job look like?

    The Pearson Leadership Development Program is designed to give each Associate two unique rotations. Rotations will vary based on business, function, and location. Please see our Rotation Responsibilities section and Associate profiles for examples. Detailed rotation descriptions will be provided to all final round candidates attending the PLDP Hiring Summit.

  • Is there any travel involved?

    All Pearson Leadership Development Program Associates will be on a rotation course that involves travel to work and experience Pearson. Candidates are required to be geographically mobile. In addition, all program members will participate in bi-annual leadership workshops and may have to travel for other purposes, such as business meetings and/or customer site visits.

  • What is the training like for PLDP Associates?

    This select program combines on-the-job experience with leadership workshops, online curriculum, and senior level mentorship and support from all areas within Pearson to give each Associate the training they need to succeed in their rotation and beyond. Each rotation will provide Associates deep functional and industry knowledge, creating a solid foundation to become future Pearson leaders.

  • How many PLDP Associates will be hired?

    We expect to hire 25 PLDP Associates in the class starting rotations in July 2015.

  • When will hiring decisions be made?

    Our hiring target is to extend all offers for the Pearson Leadership Development Program by November 2014. All rotation placements will be identified at this time.

  • What is the compensation for the Pearson Leadership Development Program?

    The salary for the Pearson Leadership Development Program is industry competitive and will be discussed at the time of offer.

  • How many times would a program member need to relocate? Are relocation expenses reimbursed?

    PLDP Associates may need to relocate twice during their time in the program. All PLDP Associates are required to be geographically mobile. Relocation expenses are reimbursed according to the relocation policy.

  • What are the exact dates of the two rotations?
    • Rotation #1: July 2015 – end of June 2016
    • Rotation #2: July 2016 – end of June 2017
  • What happens after the Pearson Leadership Development Program?

    Once the PLDP Associate has accomplished a track record of success, he/she will be placed in a post-placement role in line with individual career interests and goals. If an appropriate position is not found or performance is not successful or outstanding, the PLDP Associate will no longer be an employee of Pearson.

  • What are the locations of post-placement roles?

    The locations of post-placement jobs will vary depending on the availability of open positions at the time of PLDP graduation and the nature of the position. It could include any of the Pearson office locations.

Meet the Pearson Leadership Development Team

We're pleased to introduce you to some of the Pearson Leadership Development Program Associates. Read about their motivation for working at Pearson and perspectives on why the Pearson Leadership Development Program is an important part of their future.


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Product Development
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Customer Experience
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Curriculum Development
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Data Analyst
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Product Management
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Online Marketing
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Market Development
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Product Management
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Digital Strategy
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Community Engagement
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Product Management
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Business Development
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User Experience
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Product Management