Typical day on the job:
Most of my day is spent editing research articles on a variety of subjects submitted by foreign researchers for language editing. I also coach our contract editors on their editing, and I interact with customers. Although I do edit papers from a variety of fields, I specifically focus on organic chemistry papers for our customers.
Although we do have an office, I primarily work from home. Our work is completely internet-based, so all I need is a laptop.
50 hours per week. The environment is fast-paced, as we have deadlines to return our papers to customers within 24 hours.
I am not required to travel.
Tools you can’t live without:
What you like most about your job:
I love being able to impact a large number of people. In a typical day, I edit 10 papers, which is at least 10 researchers all over the world that I've helped.
It's a great feeling knowing that you are contributing to the careers of researchers all over the world. In the past 18 months, I've worked on over 3500 papers; I hope that I've had some impact on the research community and the careers of researchers.
Best productivity trick:
I keep a list and stay focused.
Best career advice you’ve received:
Always have a positive attitude when you're working. You never know what kind of impression or impact you are making on other people.
Skills or talents that make you a good fit for your job:
Responsibility and vulnerability. It's essential to be able to complete tasks on time and to be able to ask for help to complete your tasks. Because most of us are not trained as editors, i.e., in English language and composition, and because we work remotely, it is essential to be willing to be vulnerable enough to ask questions of your coworkers without being self-conscious, especially with respect to correcting the grammar and language when you are starting out or when events pop up that may threaten your deadlines.
Essential habit you wish you’d started earlier:
I'm not sure it's a habit, but my communication skills have gotten much better as a result of my career experiences. I think that having good communication skills is essential to a successful career, and they should be developed as soon as possible.
Favorite ACS resource:
Chemical & Engineering News. It is essential to know what the career environments looks like at any given time for chemists and to keep up with trends in the industry.
How you've benefited from being an ACS member:
Going to ACS meetings, reading Chemical & Engineering News, and networking have helped to keep me in touch with the state of the industry.