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"I am a radiology resident at a West Coast medical center
currently considering a career change-possibly into the field of technical
Sue McCullough responded:
Ole, surely you jest. You've put in all those years and racked up all
those student loans and NOW you decide to become a tech writer? <stuff
deleted> take my advice: Go ahead and finish med school, become a
radiologist. Then use that high high salary to
pay off your student loans and save for retirement (live on 50K a year,
use the other 100-200K for savings, that way you'll get used to the tech
writer standard of living).
My turn <G>:
Ole (being from Minnesota, I love your name! Uffda!) , I don't know why you
want to be a tech writer, but do what you love. Maybe you can find a way to
do both (and make a good living trying it out), but if you really don't want
to be a radiologist, I wouldn't suggest doing it out of some sense of duty
or obligation. I, as a patient, wouldn't want to see any medical
professional who'd rather be doing something else.
Medical writing is something you could do on the nights/weekends to get
started. Write articles, review studies, submit, submit, submit. I like my
tech writing job, but my dream is to be a published fiction author. Guess
what I do in all my spare time?
And, like Sue, I wish you luck. :-)
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"Illa est causa mea, et ad eam haeso."
That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.