FWD: Career changer vs. entry level

Subject: FWD: Career changer vs. entry level
From: "Eric J. Ray" <ejray -at- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 16:18:17 -0700

Forwarded anonymously on request. Eric

>If entry level writers tend to be recent college grads, where do career
>changers fit in?
>I have been writing for years without the benefit of a techie title. My
>positions have all required various types of technical writing, but have not
>been *based* on writing. After following the entry level and degree threads
>I feel that I am bound to be looked upon with a jaundiced eye by hiring types.
>I have a snazzy portfolio, but it consists mostly of marketing/graphic
>design projects. I foolishly didn't keep copies of the "boring" things like
>software manuals that I updated and rewrote over the years. At the time it
>never occurred to me that I would someday make a living doing just that.
>I'm quite sure I'm not the only one who has decided to make a career of tech
>writing a bit later than the college years. Is there some way I get around
>being penalized for not having been able to know the future?

Eric J. Ray ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com
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