Not only a lover of the English language, but also a cat lover
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I have lived most of my life in Germany and immigrated to New Zealand in 2004. Looking back over my early career, it became clear that English was for me:
I started working for a company manufacturing electronic items for the American market, so I had to learn all the industry-related terms in English – and I loved it!
This led to a job where I translated electronic instruction manuals from German to English.
In another job I was the secretary and all business proposals were done in English, proofread and all.
My working career started when I did my apprenticeship to become a dental technician, which takes three and a half years. I was working in the profession for another one and a half years, when Germany had a huge restructure in their health system and dentures were not funded anymore to that extend – so I became unemployed because of lack of experience. In hindsight that was the best that could ever have happened to me because it brought my thirst for thinking outside the box to live. After three months of being shattered and eating ice cream to drown my low self-esteem, I took on a job in manufacturing electronic devices in a small family operated company, just to have a job, just to earn my living. I loved it, very quickly I became the supervisor for one part of the operation; I learned a lot there and I am forever grateful that they believed me when I said in the interview that I could weld… After six years I left and from there converted into various administration jobs in the electronic industry, where I stayed for around eight years. The next big change was a job in an open ended real estate fund in the acquisition department. We bought shopping centres, hotels, and office buildings all over Europe for our investors. I loved it!
And then, finally, I immigrated to New Zealand, on my own, just me and my big backpack. I lived in a caravan for a couple of years and was the personal assistant of the most generous business owner I could ever imagine for around 4 years. I bought a house by the sea, one of my big dreams I had since being a child, and became unemployed again, as the area where I had bought wasn’t very suitable for my skills.
And that started my journey into contracting, self-employment, casual, part-time jobs - you name it, I did it. From modelling for art students, to cleaning up an architect office's organisation, to cleaning a pub and an office building, to becoming a pharmacy assistant, to software testing.
In all of those adventures there was one common denominator: I spotted inconsistencies and plain mistakes, be it in processes or in the written word, and I became frustrated because everybody said I was picky, when I pointed things out and tried to solve issues.
That led to me thinking, ok, I AM good at that, why not getting paid for it? So, I went to attain a diploma in editing & proofreading, which I graduated with excellence from, and I became a freelance copy-editor.
And then I thought I needed a “real” job again and became a librarian assistant in a high school… This, together with COVID-19 made me realise that
I am not born to be in employment
I am operating at my best when I work in my own office
I have so much to offer to the world, from my editing and administrative skills, to life skills, to just being me and always wanting to help others grow
Let me help you with all my knowledge and skills to get YOUR knowledge and skills out into the world
Here’s why I’m uniquely qualified to help you: · Diploma in proofreading & editing, graduated with excellence · National certificate in small business management · Environmental studies (management and renewable technologies) · Office management apprenticeship training and general tourism certificate · Secretary, IT certificates · 15+ years of copy-editing and proofreading experience
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