Career Changers

Subject: Career Changers
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- AXIONET -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 21:08:03 -0500

Anonymous wrote:

>If entry level writers tend to be recent college grads, where >do career changers fit in?

If my experience is any indication (and I had much less experience than
Anonymous), a (relatively) mature person should have no trouble changing
to a tech-writing career.

People with experience in the workplace have already demonstrated some
of the skills they need to fit in: things like organization, team-work
and self-discipline.

If they also have writing experience, they can rise quickly: if everyone
will excuse a little bragging, in 18 months, I've gone from unemployment
to hiring other writers.

As for the work that Anonymous doesn't have to show: it's never to late
to gather up some of it. Ask, and the worst the companies can do is turn
you down.

>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?

Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
(bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com) (604) 421-7189 or 688-6211 L. 290 (Updated 18 October, 1997)
Job Bank Team, STC Canada West Coast Chapter

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He's been hiding from his razor,
Is he not an awful sight?
In love he was the purest,
Now he's frightening our tourists
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I'm sure he'd put him right."
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