Now That I’ve Started Working Again
Posted by Jerry on May 24, 2006
… it feels like I’m actually back in school! I’m an Editor of academic articles and books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. What that means is, in my typical day, I am reading articles, literature, manuscripts, etc. that have been submitted to scholarly journal publications or university presses, editing them for stylistic, grammatical, syntactical, esthetic, and other improvements, discussing/arguing with other editors and authors over all kinds of issues related to the publication.
Now, of course, you may be wondering – this dude cannot even write a decent blog post in English, how in hell did he get a job as an editor!?
Well, I wondered about that too!
But here’s the deal: I’m currently undergoing a rigorous training period of three months, during which I will be expected to complete a number of courses and modules in topics such as English grammar, language structure, elements and constructions, etymology and academic vocabulary, style guides for academic submissions, differences in written British and American English, etc.
For example, today I spent eight hours studying the eight different comma modules (each module being an hour long). I had no clue that comma usage had some DRAMA behind it!
Well, the best part of all this is getting to read some absolutely amazing, cutting-edge scholarly, scientific work. However, I have come to realize that regardless of how brilliant these authors maybe in their respective fields, all of them are not gifted English writers (like me, I guess :-)) And so, their amazing minds and inadequate English writing skills provide jobs for people like us. Which brings me to the most important reason one gets a job (at least among the most important reasons for me) – that is, to make money. I’ve heard that my salary is in a competitively high bracket in the Indian market given all considerations to my position, my qualifications, the company, and its growth.
I’m being paid handsomely for taking in-depth courses in the English language, for reading and discussing scholarly articles from all over the world, enhancing my language skills, increasing my knowledge base, exposing my mind to new and varying perspectives, and just basking gleefully in a knowledge-driven environment of intelligent people.
One of our high-profile customers is the world-renowned Oxford University Press. There are other university presses and publications in America, Great Britain, France, Japan, and Korea that also use our business services; I haven’t heard of their names before, but that might be because of my own past ignorance of these matters.
My company does more than just provide editing services, though. We also conduct online English teaching modules for international institutions and individuals, and provide transcription and translation services. I’m quite liking the place and the young, intelligent people I work with.
Right now, I believe I’m making the best of my situation here in India. I can’t complain.