What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Technical Writer in Austin:
"Tech writing for a massive company isn't fulfilling."
Find a workplace with people you want to spend time with and have things in common with, people who are fun. Otherwise you'll get super bored.
Technical Writer in Beavercreek:
"Communication degrees do NOT stand alone."
Communication degrees only train you to communicate, they do NOT train you for the field into which you will enter, be it translation, journalism, curriculum writing..etc. You must obtain technical certification or expertise if you want to be a writer that makes good money.
Furthermore, technical writing can be a very broad field and you can end up doing things you didn't expect, such as business development or creating training. Some technical writers get very boxed in, but they don't have to be. Keep an open mind once you're in your field and always look for new opportunities.
Technical Writer in Milwaukee:
"Technology and Technical Writing."
Learn as much as possible about your company's products. Get a detailed understanding about how they work, what value they bring the customer and what the future developments might be.
Never stop asking questions and always remember that as a technical writer, it's your responsibility to make technical information easy for customers to understand and appreciate.
Technical Writer in Kent:
"Learn Software And Be Prepared For Change."
This job requires a high tolerance to stress and the ability to adapt to fast pace changes. Being proficient in multiple publishing software applications is a must!
Technical Writer in Orlando:
Follow the jobs and the money. For every programming language you can comprehend, add $10k to annual salary, as a tech writer.
These really brilliant software engineers are creating these amazing pieces of software and churn out machine-generated documentation to accompany it.
There are many other markets where a technical writer can be successful but you will continually find work if you specialize with software.