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Editor Profiles: Zak Youssef (The Graduate)

Students may not immediately consider freelance proofreading as an option upon graduating. But they should! Proofreading Academy offers a simple way to transition to full-time work, as well as teaching you skills you can use in your career. To see how this works, we’ve spoken to a recent graduate of both university and PA: Zak from Vancouver, Canada.

Hi, Zak! What were you doing before you started the course?

Before I began the course, I was finishing up university as a philosophy major. I’d never done any professional proofreading before, though, so it was all new to me.

What made you consider the Proofreading Academy course?

As a recent graduate, the guarantee of work with Proofed upon completion of the course was a huge draw. I was also looking for an introduction to proofreading and editing in general, and I found the tone and content of the course interesting.

Editor Profiles: Zak Youssef (The Graduate)

Was there anything surprising in the course for you?

The course was more or less as I expected it would be. I got a thorough introduction to the topic and the chance to dive into the details that I knew would be important when I started working. As someone who loves language, I had fun with it.

How has your transition to working as a freelance proofreader been?

The transition to working with Proofed has been simple. It took a month or so to feel settled, but there were never any major issues and the Proofed team helped me with any questions I had. I felt comfortable throughout the process, and I am very glad that things worked out.

Where do you proofread? Have you got a work space set up?

I usually work in coffee shops or at home. But I also value my freedom and independence, so the opportunity to travel while working is something I want to explore. I’m really looking forward to taking advantage of the flexibility of freelance life over the next year or so.

Are you making enough money?!

I am certainly making enough to support my current lifestyle. For someone who values independence and flexibility, it’s been more than enough to get by!

What do you enjoy most about proofreading?

I enjoy diving into new topics on a regular basis and helping people out with their writing. Most of my work with Proofed has been editing journal articles on a variety of scientific topics.

And, finally, what do you do when you aren’t proofreading?

When I’m not proofreading, I’m usually reading and writing (I have a few projects on the go right now), watching movies, listening to music, or hanging out with friends and family.

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