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What courses would be helpful if I want to make career in writing?

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RE: What courses would be helpful if I want to make career in writing?

Rahul Shinde
Rahul Shinde
Verified Career Expert
Career Consultant at Pinnacle School of Business Management
  • Thane

Hi,




Greeting's for the day!!!




A Technical Writer is a Professional Writer who engages in Technical Writing and produces technical documentation for technical, business and consumer audiences. The Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators defines the profession as preparing Information that helps users who use the product. This documentation includes online help, user guides/manuals, white papers, design specifications, system manuals, project plans, test plans, business correspondence, etc. Technical Writer create documentation in many forms, such as printed, web-based, or other electronic means.




Engineers, Scientists, and other Professional may also produce Technical Writing, but often hand it off to a professional technical writing for developmental editing, proofreading, editing, formatting.




Skills Sets:


In addition to solid research, language, writing, and revision skills, a technical writer may have skills in:


1. Information Design


2. Information Architecture


3. Training Material Development


4. Illustration / Graphic Design


5. Website Design Management


6. Indexing


7. Localization / Technical Translation


8. User Interfaces


9. Business Analysis




A Technical Writer may apply their skills in the production of non-technical content, for example, writing high-level consumer information.




Career Growth:


There is not necessarily one standard career path for technical writers, but they may move into project management over other writers. A Writer may advance to senior technical writer position, handling complex projects or a small team of writers and editors. In large group, a documentation manager might handle multiple projects and teams.




Technical Writer may gain expertise in a particular technical domain and branch into related forms, such as software quality analysis or business analysis. A Technical Writer who becomes a subject matter expert in a field may transition from technical writing to work in that field.




Technical Writers with expertise in writing skills can join printed media or electronic media companies.




Eligibility for Technical Writer / Course for Technical Writer:


Technical writers are typically required to hold bachelor's degrees. While some technical writers enter the occupation with degree applicable to a technical specialty, most have degree in English, Journalism, Communications, or a related fields. Some colleges and Universities offers bachelor's degree programs in English with concentrations in writing. These programs consist of 4-year curricula that provide students with a solid grasp of English and Communication Skills so that they may write across a variety of genres and fields. Courses may include:


1. Technical Writing


2. Writing Theory


3. Journalism


4. Fiction


5. Non-Fiction


6. Editing


7. Web Writing















Further doubts or queries feel free to contact.




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Regards,


Rahul.

RE: What courses would be helpful if I want to make career in writing?

Gomathi Venkat
Gomathi Venkat
Verified Career Expert
Managing Director at GV Counseling Group
  • Bengaluru

Hello aspirant






To get a career in writing, one needs genuine interest in writing added with a relevant degree in writing. I see one of our counsellors at Mera career guide, Mr Rahul Shinde has already advised you on technical writing. In case you are interested in writing other than technical, my counselling will benefit you. You need to have done the regular schooling like the 10th and 12th and pass with a minimum first class.




Then study a Bachelors degree relevant to writing. for this you are advised to choose BA English, BA English literature, BA English with writing, BA English with communications. All these courses written here will give you a career related to writing. After this you may also will to study a MA English with writing. India has well established courses for writing however if you would like to consider studying abroad, MA Creative writing is one of the popular courses. USA, UK are very popular for these courses. If you want to do a Masters in writing in the USA you can choose to study at Stanford, Columbia, USC, Maryland. If you wnat to study in UK you can choose Warwick, Nottingham, Cambridge, UCL, Oxford and Manchester university. Completing the Masters you can be a qualified writer for corporates, magazines, newspaper. This job in writing will also give you a chance to work as an Editor and then a senior editor then finally the Chief editor for magazines and newspapers.




There are different forms of writing and recently the SEO - search engine optimization is a technical skill that most professional writers use to increase their chances to reach as many readers as possible. There are also certifications for writing with SEO and if you are interested you may choose to study. All the best.

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