My first article was published in 1998. This was in a small English-language newspaper called The Vienna Reporter. I later began to write for its larger rival paper, Austria Today.
After a post-graduate course in periodical journalism at the London College of Communication, I joined the British National Union of Journalists (NUJ).
I then began as a researcher and writer. In London this involved work for BBC Online’s ‘German Fix’ language learning channel, and the business intelligence site, Netimperative.
I then returned to Austria to work for Central European News in Vienna. This agency supplied news to media in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
I later became a freelancer. Here I wrote regularly on expatriate issues for Expatica and The Weekly Telegraph.
In 2003 I moved to Germany. Here I began a mixture of journalism work and English-language training work.
Over the years I had articles published in mainstream titles such as The Telegraph and The Times Educational Supplement and specialist publications such as The Lancet, The Catholic Herald, Professional Builder and Woman magazine. I also occasionally narrated corporate films and documentaries.