Re: Can this career be saved?

Subject: Re: Can this career be saved?
From: Deborah Hemstreet <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 07 Jun 2011 07:39:14 +0300

Hi Becca,

Additional training never hurts. However, in today's climate, they will (unfortunately be more impressed) by a degree such as a BA or MA or PhD (piled higher and deeper).... at the end of the day, experience, you, and the needs of the company will determine everything.

I worked in hi-tech for 10 years overseas. When I got to the US, all my experience and training and good references could not get me a job in Michigan -- probably because of the economy. However, I kept up with my private work and contacts. Now, I am back overseas and found a decent job as English Editor for a large hospital. Not hi-tech - but still related to my field....

The point -- I believe once a good technical writer -- (unless you are careless or senile) -- always a good technical writer. Tools change but the elements of sound communication don't. Maybe the field has changed, but my perception is that you take the basics and simply apply them to other forms of writing, be it scripts, presentations, Help, business documentation, or end-user documentation.

As long as you are not in Michigan, your track record, refs and experience will be a match for many other businesses... you just have to start looking.

If you are going to study, if you can afford it, go for something bigger. You can always learn tools, and what is the point of learning Frame if you get hired by a company that will never use it (and there are many out there). A good technical writer can learn any tool (I believe). But not everyone who knows the tools is a good writer!

Hope all goes well for you in your job search!

Blessings!

Deborah



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On 06/06/2011 7:11 PM, Becca wrote:

I was a tech writer for 25 years, doing mostly independent contracts - my last few full-time jobs ended, however, when the company I was working for went out of business.

Due to family reasons, I haven't worked in the field since 2003. I've had a few part-time jobs, but mostly I've been a stay at home mom with two special needs children. Now the kids are grown and driving themselves and in college. I really miss technical writing, and would like to get back into the business.

Our local community college has a locally-well-thought-of program where I could get a technical writing certificate in 3 terms. I'd learn programs like InDesign, QuarkXpress, and FrameMaker, in addition to getting caught up with current best practices in the field - I know things have changed radically since I had to leave writing.

My question is: Does this certificate sound worth while? it certainly is more pragmatic than getting a Masters in Technical Writing from a local university (that program sounds more theoretical than practical). Would any company look twice at someone with my history? My freelance days included contracts from companies such as Ford, Apple, and EDS. I've kept contact with a few people who could still give me referrals.

-becca
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