(Continued Professional Development)
No matter how long you’ve been proofreading, completing extra training is a great way to contribute to your continued professional development. To find out how this works, we spoke to professional proofreader Pam. She proves that our Becoming A Proofreader course isn’t just for beginners – it’s also a great way to keep your established skills in top condition.
Hi, Pam! What made you consider the Knowadays course?
I am a retired law librarian and was working about 15 hours a week as a professional proofreader and copy editor before I found the course. In addition to small editing jobs, I had one client that I had proofread regularly for over the last five years.
However, I had just lost this contract position because of COVID-19. As a result, I was looking for an online course to keep my skills sharp and found Becoming A Proofreader. The price was reasonable, and I was impressed with the organization of the course materials.
Was there anything particularly challenging in the course for you?
I think the most challenging issue was keeping my notes from the course organized! I originally started out with separate folders for each module. But, as the volume of materials grew, I put my most-used modules in a three-inch binder and the other materials into other folders.
What has been the single best benefit of having done the course?
Learning new things! I am a lifelong learner always looking for new opportunities for professional development.
“I am a lifelong learner always looking for new opportunities for professional development.“
Was the course good value for money?
I believe the money for this course was well spent and an excellent investment.
What do you enjoy most about proofreading?
I enjoy the challenge of perfecting ESL documents and helping people who aren’t fluent in the English language to express themselves. It may seem funny, but I find proofreading therapeutic.
Have you been self-employed before? How are you finding it?
I have been self-employed previously and I really enjoy it. I hope to keep doing this for a long time.
Where in the world are you, and where do you proofread?
I split my time between Tucson, Arizona and Lakeport, Michigan. I spend summer and fall in Michigan and the rest of the time in Arizona.
I have an office in both residences, with a door that I can shut that lets my husband know I am deep into some project.
What do you do when you aren’t proofreading?
I love to go hiking. In Arizona, that means hiking in hot dry temperatures in the desert. In Michigan, that means beach walking for miles in much cooler temperatures.
I also continue to take online classes for professional development and babysit my grandchildren when needed.
Otherwise, I keep busy with genealogy, kayaking, camping, gardening, sewing, reading, and trying to learn Spanish so I can speak to my daughter-in-law’s parents when they visit from Colombia.
How has life changed for you as a freelance proofreader?
Having worked from 2015 to 2020 as a freelance proofreader before losing my job, I find that I miss the routine of having an ongoing flow of work that I can fit into my schedule.
I am hoping that I can find that routine again through my ongoing work for Proofed during these somewhat chaotic times.
Becoming A Proofreader
Are you a professional looking to follow in Pam’s footsteps and develop your proofreading skills? Sign up for a free trial of our course today!
Becoming A Proofreader
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- Your path from beginner to confident trained professional
- Invest in yourself and start a flexible, fulfilling new career
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