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03April

Careers that Involve Writing

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Work

Careers that Involve Writing

Maybe you enjoy writing but don't know what you want to do with your career. Or perhaps you are not sure how you can make money out of doing what you love.

However, there are a number of careers that involve writing, including:

  

 

 

 

 

  • Journalism: If you have an interest in certain stories, and a passion for writing and want to see your writing in print, then a career in journalism could be for you. You need to be persistent and a bit nosy, and may also spend a lot of time on the phone or travelling to events or interviews. Qualifications: Some newspapers require you to do a Journalism course first, which you can do through the National Council for the Training of Journalists
  • Copy Writer: If writing is your passion, then you could make a career out of being a copy writer, writing copy for marketing materials, publications, adverts or websites. You will need to be able to write clearly and persuasively, and it will often help to have qualifications in English or a similar subject
  • Marketer: Combined with copy writing skills, strong IT and verbal communication, and the ability to provide administrative support, marketers do a lot of writing to sell the benefits of their company’s product or service to the customer
  • Screen Writer: If you like watching films or TV programmes and also have strong writing skills, then why not write your own? Entry into this career path is difficult, and may involve some working for nothing, but seeing your script be produced into a TV programme or film is highly rewarding
  • Playwright: If you enjoy the theatre and like writing, why not become a playwright? You don’t have to be Shakespeare or Harold Pinter, just have strong writing skills and creative flair. The best way to start is by getting a job at a theatre or joining an amateur dramatics club
  • Poet: There is not as much money in poetry as there used to be, and you may have to work really hard to get your work published. The internet provides new opportunities however; you should definitely have a blog. It will take a lot of writing and a long time, but in the end you could be the next Poet Laureate!
  • Novelist: If you enjoy reading novels and like writing then try your hand at being a novelist. You will need to have a bunch of creative ideas, and you will need to write lots of letters to literary agents and publishers with a layout of your work and the first chapter. You could face a lot of rejection: only the rare few come out with millions from publishing their novels. Don’t be put off though, even J K Rowling faced a lot of rejection and look where she is now!
  • Blogger: If you have knowledge of the internet and an interest in a particular topic then you could become a professional blogger. You need to have lots of interesting topics, and be able to build your audience through networking and social media. You may have to write for nothing at first, but eventually you could see yourself earning a lot from adverts on your site
  • Lyricist: Love Music and writing? Lyricists write the lyrics for songs. An awareness of the music industry and the ability to sing or play a musical instrument would be a real help but not necessarily a requirement.
  • PR Consultant: Similar to being in journalism, PR Consultants represent organisations and give stories to journalists to put in the press. Sometimes this role can involve more writing than being a journalist, as you write press releases from which a journalist can base an article. Knowledge and presence on social media is also becoming increasingly essential
  • Technical Writer: If you have a science background or interest in technology and how things work, then there may be a career for you as a technical writer. This will involve writing content for instruction manuals. If you can speak a foreign language, and are able to write in more than one language, then all the better
  • Court Reporter: If you have an interest in justice and the law, and are good at listening as well as writing, then a job as a court reporter could be for you. You will need to be able to type quickly and learn shorthand, a method of capturing information quickly which is also used by journalists.

This is just the beginning, as many careers involve some writing but may not directly be related.

About the Author

Emma Burbidge

Emma Burbidge

Emma Burbidge is the marketing assistant at TCHC. She helps to manage the website and promote the Youth Contract. She enjoys writing for the blog and sharing advice and tips with young people on a range of topics, from finding a job to battling with depression.

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