big mclargehuge (toppled) wrote in editorsupport,
big mclargehuge

Very new member.

Hi all!

My name is Lani and I am just now strongly considering a career in copy editing. I have always been quite adept at reading my friends' papers and editing them for content. My grammar skills are a little shaky, but I'm taking vast steps to refresh myself and relearn the nagging details. My current majors are French and Russian, with an intended career in translation. However, an advisor mentioned to me that I may want to look into the editing world as a second career option, and after doing a bit of research and talking with a friend who graduated from my school with a degree in publishing, I think we may be on to something here.

My questions for you are as thus:

1) I'd really like to keep on one of my languages and pick up the English major in the other's place. Would having this sort of language experience help me out in any way, and if so could you recommend one over the other?

2) I am very, very new to this whole field of work, but am confident that I'd be good at it from what research I have done and from just knowing my own skillset. Is there any advice you could give me now that you think would help me make my decision about whether or not I want to devote the rest of my college experience towards this career? For example: I've noticed quite a few of you who have posted recently have MAs. Is that industry standard? Did you find the field to be extremely hard to enter? I'm prepared to work entry-level, but I'm curious as to whether or not I'll have to fight tooth and nail to get there.

I apologize if I'm asking a lot of questions (especially if they aren't making sense. I've been working on an English paper near nonstop since Friday evening, so I am a bit computer drained at the moment). I'm just very new to this whole field and would really appreciate any scraps of help that could be thrown my way.

Thank you. :)
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