I didn’t even know proofreading was ‘a thing’ when I was at school.

Did you even know your job existed when you were at school? 🤔

When I was at school, there were so many jobs that I didn’t even know existed.

And it’s not because of technology.

Some of these jobs have been around a long time.

There are areas of study that I didn’t even know existed.

Like anthropology. That sounds utterly fascinating. I reckon I’d have been all over that. Had I known it existed.

When I was thinking about careers, I pretty much thought about an extension of the subjects I studied at school. Either that, or jobs that I knew about because family and friends’ parents did them.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no regrets in studying English and becoming an English teacher. 

But I came to proofreading far later in my career.

Did I know about the existence of proofreaders when I was thinking about my career in the 90s? Maybe. Possibly. I knew of it as a skill. But other jobs in the publishing world were a bit of a mystery.

Yeah, I could have looked into it. But that’s the thing about teenagers: you don’t know what you don’t know.

What are your thoughts on this? Were you lucky enough to have had a wide pool of career inspiration to draw on? 

Let me know in the comments. 

Published by clairecherryedits

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