My name is Maryam and I am beginning a blog series on the issues students face when pursuing a career in the technical writing field. I am currently a senior at the University of Arizona minoring in English. This semester, I decided to take a ‘Professional and Technical Writing’ course. When signing up for this course, I had no specific expectations and had no idea what to think of it. The course appeared interesting and seemed as if it would help me understand more about pursuing a career in English. From the course description, I understood that writing precisely and “professionally” were going to be the key concepts of this course, which I need. You will probably be able to tell through out my blog entries but I am a big “free-writer”, I write whatever is on my mind, I need to get EVERYTHING out, whether it makes sense or not. I primarily signed up for the course because I needed to start stepping away from that style of writing. I want to be well-rounded and be able to write freely (in situations like this) but also learn to be a detailed yet simple writer that is able to easily get the point across.
Moving on, the reason I started this blog is due to a project I was assigned in my class. The aim of the project is to tackle an issue faced with Technical Writing and create any electronic form of publishing. I chose a blog due to the worldwide interest in blogging. The ‘blogging’ concept is emerging and having an opportunity to create one will only exceed my knowledge.
For my topic, the specific issue I chose is: “What are the issues faced when pursuing a career in the Technical/Professional Writing field?” My main aim is to understand what challenges recent graduates or any individual with hopes of entering this field will have to undertake. I have been in contact with technical writers in the Tucson area and they have been very supportive and are willing to participate in an interview to help answer my questions. I will be interviewing two individuals and getting their opinions.
Well, that is all for now, my next entry will be about an interview I conducted. I hope you enjoyed this post and will continue to read my entries.