Up until August 2014, I was a research scientist, working in a laboratory and studying the molecular mechanisms underlying cell growth and division – a career that my 18 years of education and training had perfectly prepared me for. I’m now a project leader at a publishing company, editing, proofreading and writing a variety of materials, and helping to train other members of staff – a career that I have no formal qualifications or training for. How did all this come about in the last four and a half years?
I begin writing this as the newest staff member at Prepress Projects, just 1 month after I started. I graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2017 with a degree in Molecular Biology. Next, I decided to start a PhD in a different field – proteomics in microbiology. For many reasons I made the difficult decision to leave this project, which meant I had to seriously think about my career path.
My first few weeks at Prepress Projects flew by in a blur of training sessions and getting to grips with new things. I very quickly learned to style documents, brushed up on my proofreading symbols, and was taught how to use more complex features in Microsoft Word, like wildcards, to help me work more efficiently.