Re: second acts for technical writers?

Subject: Re: second acts for technical writers?
From: keith mahoney <kamahoney1965 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2011 10:38:30 -0700

How about:

Trainer, instructional designer, speech writer, ghost writer, book writer
(fiction/non-fiction), teacher (English or otherwise), auditor (ISO, Med
Device, etc.)

~Mahoney

On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 10:06 AM, Lisa G Wright
<lisawright -at- mail -dot- utexas -dot- edu>wrote:

> Becky,
>
> When this question has come up previously on this list, other positions
> that people have mentioned include business analyst, user
> experience/interaction, quality assurance, corporate communications, and
> project management.
>
> If you have this available, one avenue to pursue might be to find a trusted
> senior staff person who could give you some feedback about where they see
> your strengths taking you. As I have been working through the same questions
> you have, I really needed some external perspective. I've been fortunate to
> find that with my current manager. He helped me get past my "I'm a writer"
> mentality (where I was very stuck) and see what other options might be out
> there. As a result, I'm handling communications about 10% of the time, only
> some of which is tech-comm. I'm now primarily a business development
> consultant for campus departments thinking about coming into our data
> center.
>
> Good luck!
>
> Lisa
>
> On 9/23/2011 9:33 PM, Becky Edmondson wrote:
>
>> Thanks for the responses. Just wanted to hear how other tech writers had
>> managed a career change. My aim is more meaningful and gratifying work,
>> not
>> total abandonment of writing or more money (not that I'm knocking that).
>> Unfortunately, the slow economy may give me lots more time to ponder my
>> next
>> act than I really wanted to take. Maybe I just need a vocational vacation.
>> Tech writing is more forgiving of absences than other careers, I think.
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RE: second acts for technical writers?: From: Becky Edmondson
Re: second acts for technical writers?: From: Lisa G Wright

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