RE: tech writer to software developer

Subject: RE: tech writer to software developer
From: G Satyashree <SatyashreeG -at- InterraIT -dot- COM>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2001 19:52:43 +0530

Sure. Me for one. I have my Masters degree in English Literature and thats
it. I began as an Editor, moved into the IT indistry and became a Technical
Writer specializing in Instructional Design, and then a li'l bit of testing,
and am now a Software Developer.

I haven't yet become a pessimist so I'd say it's not as grim as as it looks.
I'd add that it's worse if you're a consultant. At the same time its also
true that when layoffs strike, writers and testers are probably the
first/worst hit.

What I've learnt in my 5+ years of experience is that if you're really good,
then you needn't fear. Adaptability, Flexibility, and being the best at
however trivial/complex a task is what takes you places.

If you have any specific questions, you are welcome.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dishaa Ganapathy [mailto:ualb -at- rediffmail -dot- com]
> Sent: Friday, December 28, 2001 3:01 PM
> Subject: tech writer to software developer
> Is it possible to shift from being a technical writer to a
> software developer? Are there such cases?
> Also with the dotcom bust what kind of oppertunities does a
> content writer have?
> G. Dishaa

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