My name is Rian Mark Nielsen and I am the proofreader/translator behind MarkMyWords. Before I became a freelancer, I worked for several years in communications.
I have a Master’s degree in English and a minor degree in Film and Media Studies, both from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
I also hold the CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Target Language Services in São Paulo, Brazil.
Working in communications included a variety of tasks:
- Database Manager
(CVs and photos)
- Recruitment Assistant
(communication and correspondence)
- Course Coordinator
(booking, evaluation, material design)
- HR Assistant
(translation, copy editing, proofreading)
- Communications Officer
(web editor, content creation, photographer, photo editor)
I do different kinds of volunteer work, broadening my horizon and honing my skills while contributing to important causes.
Volunteer work includes proofreading multi-level coursebooks for Raise Up!, which is a collaborative effort to improve diversity and inclusion in international English language teaching materials.
I also proofread and translate articles for HeartCore, the official Copenhagen Pride Magazine.
Most of what I do for a living happens in cyberspace and headspace. I appreciate the physicality of things, so in whatever spare time I have left, I enjoy DIYing, fixing, repairing, recycling, upcycling, renovating, gardening, etc.
In a world where things aren’t built for permanence or to last, I enjoy pairing sustainability with creativity. The outcome is unique and more environmentally friendly than purchasing new (and generic) products.