You may be “blowing off” your English comp courses in college – big mistake! You may not realize, as you are making your way through college, how important writing skills are to almost every profession on the planet. People who write well engender confidence and respect on the part of their superiors, colleagues, and, perhaps more important, customers and clients. People who can’t write well lose respect, no matter how talented they may be. And, for those who are good at writing, there are career opportunities like never before!
Writing in Non-Writing Professions
Sit up and take notice. In virtually all “non-writing” career fields, some form of writing will be required, and poor writing skills will cause misunderstandings and embarrassment. Consider the following:
1.An accountant just crunches numbers, right? Wrong. Audits all have a prose section, and that prose section must be written well if superiors and clients are to feel comfortable about that accountant’s work.
2.Engineers just work with math formulas and blueprints, right? Wrong. They must communicate, in writing, with company executives, colleagues and clients.
3.Architects must write proposals to accompany their drawings and blueprints
4.IT specialists must write up explanations, manuals, and guides
5.Anyone in sales and marketing will be writing proposals, emails, and letters
6.Business executives will be writing reports, white papers, and memoranda.
7.Researchers must write up their findings for publication in professional journals.
Developing decent writing skills while you are in college will save you having to take additional coursework or training after you have begun your career. As well, you will be seen as a greater asset when you can be “pulled in” and asked to write or re-write and important piece that must be “published” and sent out. Being a good writer just adds value to your organization.
Opening Doors for Careers in Writing
More than ever before, careers in writing are growing rapidly, and the demand for good writers is increasing almost exponentially. Consider the many opportunities that writers have today.
1.Journalism: Yes, traditional print media is on the decline, but print journalism is not. It has simply moved online. Every major newspaper relies on its online version for subscriptions, advertising, etc., and it is happy to employ writers who work remotely on a contract basis. This saves the corporation a huge amount of overhead cost, and allows greater diversity of contributors. In addition to major newspapers, there are a huge and growing number of online news organizations that use contracted writers and pay them quite well. The contractors, as well, have the benefit of working without commutes and scheduling their own time accordingly. It’s a freedom in this profession that has never existed before. And aspiring journalists can submit articles to these news outlets, who pay well for great content, creatively crafted.
2.Authorship: Hardcover and paperback books are on their way out, just as are traditional agents and publishing companies. Aspiring authors can find online publishers who will accept their works and market e-versions (with translations) all over the world. It is an extremely cheap method of publication, so these publishers are more than willing to take a chance on an “unknown.”
3.Copywriting: Writing web content is probably the fastest-growing career for writers. There is a high demand for good writers who can write website content, can create exceptional and engaging articles, blog posts, and social media accounts/profiles, and who can help busy entrepreneurs develop relationships with customers and improve their brand recognition. While many companies employ full-time copywriters and content marketers, just as many contract these services out, so a good copywriter has great choices, dependent upon his/her personal preference for work environment. Many talented copywriters create their own blogs, spread the word, invite guest bloggers for pay, and grow entire businesses from selling advertising on those blogs.
4.Ghostwriting: Remember all those students who “blew off” their English courses? Well, now they need ghostwriters so they won’t be embarrassed. And here you are – ready to step in! The pay is good, it’s a great job for anyone with a passion for writing, and it allows working on your own schedule, as long as you can meet client deadlines. Jobs in this arena usually come by “word of mouth,” so expect your reputation to grow slowly, over time. And ghostwriters who get the big projects, like memoirs, are paid really well.
5.Editing: Students in graduate school, writing their theses and dissertations, need people to review and edit their writing; students writing admissions and scholarship essays need professionals who can make their writing “pop.” Many authors take on these tasks part-time as they are waiting on royalties to begin rolling in.
6.Tutoring: Here’s another great part-time opportunity for those who want to supplement their incomes. Good writing tutors can earn up to $40 an hour in some parts of the country, and there is a rather steady call for them during the school year.
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