Q: I have an undergraduate degree in journalism and a minor in English, and have nearly completed my law degree.
As an undergrad, I worked as a copy editor, feature writer, and -- eventually -- the feature section editor. I was also the assistant editor on our literary magazine.
When I graduated four years ago, I could not find employment with a newspaper and took a job as a technical writer. Now, I am a manager at the same technical training and documentation firm. I am currently managing a computer application development project for a company’s global security force. I am, additionally, the ad-hoc public relations man for our company.
With my experience in business, the technology sector and the law, I feel that I am ready to become a business or legal writer. Is this an accurate assumption? If so, where should I focus my search? If not, what can I do to improve my chances of obtaining employment in the profession?
I truly appreciate any insight you can offer.
A: You may have the expertise to succeed in the areas you mention, but you lack the journalistic experience to break in right away. Four-year-old college clips will not generate calls for very many interviews. You need to get some fresh clips.
Of the areas you mentioned business, including technology, would offer the best opportunity. I would get some freelance clips in those areas.