Re: Career Change for Sr. Network Admin

Subject: Re: Career Change for Sr. Network Admin
From: "Michael Collier" <mcollier -at- maryland -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2004 11:43:11 -0700

If you are contemplating the change to technical writer from network
administrator because you think the employment prospects are better, I am
not sure that that would be the case.

There are plenty of small companies that wouldn't know what to do with a
technical writer, but know they could use a network administrator. So I'm
thinking there might be more employment opportunities in the network admin

If you want to explore a career change, though, your background sounds
well suited for technical writing. Check the main techwr-l page for
resources for those new to the profession.

You can build a portfolio by documenting things like how to set up a home
network, perhaps document your current network, and include some network
diagrams (simple ones done in PowerPoint or Visio), or write about some
concept like wireless networking for the home. Setting up a wireless
network and troubleshooting it are other ideas to write about, or document
some network utilities you have used on the job.



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