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Sounds like technical writing might just be for you, especially the
learning new things part, as you are continuously learning new things in
a very short time.
When I started working as a Technical Writer, the field wasn't even
established in my country, so most companies were still wondering what a
technical writer was. I had just finished my degree in Applied
Launguage Studies majoring in Technical writing and English. I knew
that the trend would reach my country in about 3 years as it was already
making waves in America. So instead of knocking on unresponsive doors I
found an IT firm who needed documentation done and at first I worked for
Radical but worth it. After two manuals they started paying and three
years later I had enough experience to actually go to an HR
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Subject: Getting into technical writng
I assume that this question has hit this email list some number of
times, I apologize for the repetition. I have a degree in English and I
am something of a computer geek. I am looking to get into technical
writing. I am working on getting a certificate in technical writing (it
will look good to the morons that seem to staff HR departments.) I am
also looking to develop professionally by reading books on XML (I am
already HTML literate) and computer programming etc... While all of that
is swell and all, breaking into the field is reportedly difficult. Any
advice for a newbie? I have read quite a bit about the field and it
sounds perfect for me. Aside from having good communication skills and
liking technical subject matter, I like to continually learn new things.
All of this seems fine but that first job has not as of yet surfaced.
Thanks for any advice.
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