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Technical writing career paths in the UK

  1. 1. Technical writingcareer paths in the UKinfo@cherryleaf.comwww.cherryleaf.com
  2. 2. Job titlesTechnical AuthorTechnical WriterInformation DesignerInformation DeveloperContent DeveloperTechnicalCommunicatorAlso:Technical InformationEngineerDocument EngineerProcedures WriterUser Assistance DeveloperInformation ArchitectPrincipal Writer
  3. 3. Career path: Most common stagesJunior TechnicalAuthorTechnical AuthorSenior technicalauthoring role(e.g. "Lead TechnicalAuthor")ManagerHybrid role
  4. 4. Technical AuthorHybrid roles: Technical Author and...QA TesterScrum Product OwnerTranslatorEditorTechnical SupportProgrammer /EngineerTechnical IllustratorMarketing CopywriterUX DesignerTrainer / CoursewareDeveloper /Instructional DesignerProject ManagerInformation Architect
  5. 5. Career path: Straight from universityGraduate1st job as a TechnicalAuthorLead/SeniorTechnical AuthorManagerMentoring and training
  6. 6. Career path: Falling into a career asa Technical AuthorGraduate(in most cases)Any job in any industryGiven a writing projectReceive training (in some cases)Technical AuthorLead Technical AuthorManager
  7. 7. Career path: FreelancerGraduate(in most cases)Technical Author Start as a freelancer
  8. 8. Career path: Moving on/upTechnical AuthorDocumentationManagerProject ManagerProductManager/MarketingScrum Product OwnerBusiness AnalystContent StrategistInstallation/Testing/ConfigurationManagementOther writing roles
  9. 9. Where jobs are advertisedA vacancyfor aTechnical AuthorUniversity milkroundGeneral recruitmentagenciesJobs boardsNetworking/word ofmouthSpecialist TechnicalAuthor recruitmentagenciesCompanies websitesIndustry specificrecruitment agenciesIT recruitmentagenciesSocial Media /Forums
  10. 10. Primary industry sectorsITMedical equipmentAerospaceEngineeringNuclearDefenceFinancial complianceConsumer electronicsPublic FinanceInitiative (Bid writers)Oil/GasUtilitiesRailAutomotivePharmaceuticals
  11. 11. Education and trainingDegree(in most cases)Technical writingtrainingAuthoring tool training Advanced techniquesFormal (e.g. MISTC)certification as aTechnicalCommunicatorOther training(Mgt, Programming,Proj Mgt etc)
  12. 12. Skill set: Part OnePrimaryInformation gatheringLanguage and writingskillsCommunication skillsInformation designTime managementDesigning forAccessibilitySecondaryPrint managementInformation architectureAPI developmentIllustration/Graphic DesignWebsite design &managementUser Interface designBusiness AnalysisCustomer/industry/productknowledge
  13. 13. Skill set: Part TwoPrimary SecondaryTraining and e-learningdevelopmentProject ManagementNegotiationLocalizationTestingGiving presentationsSimplified English
  14. 14. Skill set: Commonly used softwarePrimaryHelp Authoring toolDITAWordFrameMakerScreencasting & e-learning toolsGraphics toolSGML (in Aerospace)SecondaryHTML technologiesProgrammingLocalisation softwareDTP tool (e.g InDesign)Domain-specific softwareskills (e.g. databases)WikisContent optimizationsoftware (e.g. Acrolinx)
  15. 15. OutputsPrimaryUser manuals(print/PDF)Help filesWeb-based HelppagesScreencastseBook/EPUBSecondaryHelp that is embedded inthe applicationReference/API guidesTraining coursewareProduct datasheetsMobile Help & app overlaysIllustrationsBid proposalsWiki contentWhitepapers
  16. 16. More informationSo you want to be a Technical Author ebookTechnical Author basic/induction online training courseAdvanced technical writing techniques trainingInstitute for Scientific and Technical CommunicatorsCurrent technical writing job vacancies via Cherryleaf
  17. 17. About CherryleafClear and simple information your users willloveSpecialist recruitment service for Technical AuthorsTraining courses in technical communicationMentoring and consultancyWriting services
  18. 18. Thanks toDiana Logan, SageAdrian Warman, IBMThomas Proulx, TibcoMarjorie Jones, ExonyAlison and Andrew PeckCraig ClarkeAndrew BushDavid FarbeyBernard CarneyGavin MaartensColum McAndrew, IDBSWilliam WaddiloveSteve WhalleyKeith MahoneyEd Phipps, AscomAndrew Westfold, McAfeeAndy Mottershead, CitrixKatja McLaughlin, SASSandra Priestly, VitecVideocomAdrian Morse, PicisJosephine Wooding,Ladbrokes
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