RE: Will I be employable?

Subject: RE: Will I be employable?
From: "Karen Murri" <kmurri -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "'Jennifer Williams'" <jewilliams1 -at- sbcglobal -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 08:00:30 -0500

>From what I've seen, the combination of tech writing and IT background is
your best bet. I'm not in IT so I don't have much more insight than that. My
unscientific assessment of the tech writing job market is that about 70-80%
of the jobs involve the computer industry in some way (depends on your
area's industries) and that those jobs tend to pay better.

I'm sure others will be along with more detailed opinions.

-Karen

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[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+kmurri=comcast -dot- net -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of
Jennifer Williams
Sent: Saturday, May 24, 2008 6:28 AM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Will I be employable?

I'm currently enrolled in an online technical writing degree completion
program at Northeastern University. I'm thinking of picking up certificates
in programming, database design and administration, and advanced web design
along the way. Does this sound like a good idea? I was advised to focus in a
technical area so I chose IT instead of say, health management. Now I'm
having doubts and second thoughts about the viability of my choice and
whether I'm learning what I should be. I'm just getting my feet wet in the
industry again so I'm not as familiar with it as I was ten or even five
years ago.

Am I on the right track to making myself employable when I graduate? Are
technical writing jobs being offshored along with other IT jobs? Are other
IT jobs still being offshored? Can anyone recommend a newsletter I should
read to keep up with what's happening in IT? Should I choose another area of
focus instead of IT? What is your background? What kind of technical writing
do you do?

Thanks,
Jennifer
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