How to I get into this field?

Subject: How to I get into this field?
From: "Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 22:10:55 +1100

> I have a BA in English and would like to get into technical writing but
need to know
> what steps I should take.? What is required?

You'll get plenty of good advice here.

What is required, I think, is some interest in technical subjects along with
a strong desire to help other people -- those who may not be so technically
inclined -- acquire skills and be productive using technology.

Add to that a love of strong, clean, simple writing and illustration.

The entry-level position is usually the hardest one to get. Don't expect it
to just fall into your lap. Do some technical writing projects on your own
to show a prospective employer that you have the interest, the skills, and a
mastery of the tools. The subject matter isn't terribly important; your
attention to detail and your ability to clarify the complex are what matter.

Best wishes.

Mike West


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