RE: Moving into a new space

Subject: RE: Moving into a new space
From: bryan -dot- westbrook -at- amd -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 08:00:59 -0500

Nayanika asks:
> I was wondering how one can ace an interivew when the job one is applying
> for is in a different domain. Say, a Technical Writer who has been writing
> User Manuals, project documents and marketing collateral who now wants to
> get on the eLearning bandwagon as an Information Architect/Instructional
> Designer or whatchamacallit.

Learn as much as you can before the interview. Two years ago, I made the jump from writing automotive manuals in the defense industry to writing software documentation (what I had really wanted to do in the first place) in the semiconductor industry. It took me about eight months (and that was in a better economy) and a lot of time studying various programming languages to the point where I felt comfortable reading the code and figuring out what it does.

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