Join me in congratulating our Featured Contributor Ravindra B. Read more about him below:
- What job category do you work in?
Writing and translation
- When did you begin using Upwork?
When I migrated from Elance (around August 2015).
- Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started Freelancing, or running your business online?
I was educated at an elite Christian boarding school, St. Joseph’s College, Nainital run by Christian Brothers. I went on to get a bachelor’s degree from IIT Kharagpur, and then earned two master’s degrees from SIU Carbondale, Illinois.
I have 36 years of experience in various areas. I have worked as a teacher, a systems analyst, a CAD specialist, a project manager, an administrator at a college, and last but not the least, as a copyeditor for the last six years. I have also run my own coaching center.
I turned to freelancing about six years ago as I wanted to work from home without any fixed schedule. I have greatly enjoyed working as a freelancer, and I thank Upwork for this great opportunity.
Some photos of my school:
The town where my school was (Nainital, a truly wonderful place):
My university (IIT Kharagpur):
- What do you enjoy the most/least about working online, Ravindra?
I enjoy working online because I get to meet a great variety of people from all over the world. Copyediting their material has always been both educational and enjoyable. The least enjoyable part of working online is the occasional bad experience, but these experiences are rare.
- What was your most successful project/contract?
That is hard to say. Each project has been a source of great satisfaction (no matter how small).
Perhaps, my helping a client embark on a book (without his having any previous writing experience) and complete it was the most successful project.
Money wise, my most successful project was as a copyeditor for an educational company.
- Do you have any advice for other users on Upwork?
Be professional and truthful, most of all to yourself.
Never rest on your laurels; always update yourself and keep learning.
Diligence and hard work always pay good dividends.
Quit worrying about the JSS; enjoy your work.
- At least two fun or interesting things about you:
I have always been adventurous, as my job experience indicates.
I enjoy working: Work is worship. (I am a bit of a workaholic.)
I have always loved reading, and I spend quite some time watching movies or international news.
- Anything else you want to add?
Working as a freelancer via Upwork has been both enjoyable and lucrative. Thank you, Upwork!
Congrats Ravindra! Small world---regarding SIU-Carbondale; hubby and I live in the Lake Shelbyville area. Your school and all of the other photos are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Also, your advice is superb!
@Dibyendu C wrote:
"Certa bonum certamen " Congrats !!!! Can you please share any school like "st joseph college nainital" but for girls .I'm from kolkata .my daughter only 5 years .
St Marys’s Convent, All Saints College, and Sherwood College.
Lovely, thanks for sharing Lena.
And congratulations to you Ravindra. I was begining to despair that all I could get on a Thursday night was boring and uninspiring football.
36 years of work experience is awesome.
Wishing you many more rewarding working years ahead because a true teacher never retires - even when they put the pen down, they just keep on inspiring others.