Could anyone advise me please?
This is kamal raj from Hyderabad.I am new to the technical writing world and am very much keen on making a bright career in it and settling down for lifetime.
But...I have a few questions
QUESTION - 1
Is it possible for a mid-career professional in content writing to make a move into technical writing?
My background : I am an MBA (specialization - Marketing) with over 9 years of experience in content writing / editing / proofing / copy editing / management in both print and digital media.
QUESTION - 2
If it's a good move...then please suggest any good institute in Hyderabad. I heard about two institutes which seem to be really famous in the domain: TechTotal Systems and Confoi...I am confused as to which one is good in both training and placement...Note: fees charged is the same.
Please help me guys...
Awaiting your replies,,,
You have a very good chance of not just getting into technical writing but easing into this field. The heart of technical writing or any writing for that matter, is writing. Do you know that technical writers also do content writing? People talk more about technical writing only because it is more famous than content writing, instructional designing etc. Actually, a person in any of these fields can easily shift to the other field.
You do not need a certification course in technical writing to start your career. Your writing experience in content writing should be considered for technical writing, though, not fully. If you are still intent on doing a course, you may do so. However, I have no idea about the institutes you mentioned about in your mail.
You can also apply for technical writing jobs through this website. Hyderabad is one of the better places in India for technical writing jobs.
Thank you very much for your advice. Your reply did infuse confidence in me. However, recently, I did try gaining an entry into the field. However, all the companies were more interest in someone with hands-on experience with tech writing tools [RoboHelp, FrameMaker,Photoshop, InDesign and SnagIt]. I am only equipped with MS Office, HTML and a bit of Photoshop [I have experience in using substitute design tool GIMP]. So, I was wondering if there is a technical writing training website online just like W3Schools for HTML,Java script, CSS n stuff.
I can understand your situation. Sometimes, it can be difficult to get a job without experience or knowledge of the required tools. If you have tried all options, then you may consider getting trained on these tools and in technical writing concepts in general.
You can download the free trial for Adobe RoboHelp and Adobe FramaMaker from Adobe's website and learn them. You may also test drive these software at the following link:
The above link will also contain the tutorials.
Thank you very much once again. You have been so helpful to me. I did register on the site [link you provided]. There are some white papers on FrameMaker and RoboHelp. I will get a proper basic grounding on the tools. I am sorry If I am troubling in anyway but it's just that I was in need of a good mentor who can guide through for entry into the TW industry. Thank you for being there for me.
I will be in touch...
A basic training & guidance is also provided on a list of major TW tools from Adobe. Dude, thanks a lot,,,the site is too good...
I am glad to know that the information I provided was helpful. Wikiversity has a course on Technical Writing which will introduce you to the concepts in this field. The link is given below.
The links that u've posted are amazing, good information. Thanks for sharing..
Great...this is getting better...once i complete studying these concepts and getting a basic hang on the tools, i think i should be ready to get a break into this field...
thanks vnvwriter...so nice of you...
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thanks buddy..seems like a real good one...no harm making more money..
You are welcome! Guess this info will be useful for members of this forum.