A diary from the Synergy Vision team from sunrise to lights out. This week we have Billy Jenkins, the Scientific Editor at Synergy Vision
At 6.00–6.30am… my puppy Reuben wakes me up so I can take him out for the toilet. Hopefully he’ll let me sleep in a bit later when he’s fully grown!
As SV’s editor, it’s my job to check over almost everything we deliver to our clients, as well as a lot of internal projects too. My work is really varied, and when things are busy I will support the medical writing team on various projects. During quieter times, I can update our style guides and organize our writing resources to help prepare for the next busy period!
Almost 1.5 years ago – my first day at SV was on Halloween. I had worked in publishing as an editor prior to getting the job, and before that I completed my PhD in neurobiology.
I don’t really have a typical day! Usually I will get up around 6.30am and leave home about an hour later, hop on the Overground and arrive at the office around 8.15am. I’ll make some breakfast when I get to work, and then review all my emails and make a to-do list to get me started. Most days I will already have edits scheduled in with the writers, so I’ll work my way through those. They can be anything from a 200-word email to a 200-slide PowerPoint deck. I usually get short notice edits come through, so I try to make sure I have an hour or so spare in the day to deal with the last-minute requests. Thankfully, most of my edits need to be finished before close of business, so it’s not too often that I need to stay late!
Probably my first week, which coincided with one of SV’s team days – a trip to the Crystal Maze. It was something I’d wanted to do as soon as I’d seen it advertised in TimeOut, and it was a great chance to get to know everyone in the company. It really helped me to settle in quickly.
Every day brings a new challenge. I enjoy working in all the different therapy areas, and I need a good grasp of most terminology and acronyms in order to check that the writing is grammatically correct and the correct abbreviations are used. Because we have many clients, one of the biggest challenges is remembering which style/language to use – my life would be so much easier if US/UK English were the same!
As you can imagine, my job involves A LOT of reading. I think I’m a bit of a vacuum and I love sucking up all the information I read and connecting the dots. The most satisfying part, for me, is that I get to work with almost everyone in the company and experience what everyone is doing. It’s also great to hear the positive feedback from clients after spending hours tidying up slides or rewording manuscripts.
I get home around 6ish, which gives me enough time to make dinner and play with my pets – I have two rats, one cat and one puppy, so they keep me pretty occupied! Afterwards, we all settle down on the sofa and watch something on Netflix.