Look for jobs in companies you like and you'll be able to use those skills. You can also apply to MA or MFA programs that compensate you for your classes while you learn to teach undergraduate writing classes, tutor, and gather other skills. Also, look for other volunteer opportunities! Reach out to festivals or events and see if they need any help because that will help you build a resume. For example, I volunteered and wrote film reviews for the Cleveland International Film Festival.
There are a lot of different opportunities you can do, but you just have to keep up with your resources (networking) and figure out what you want to pursue.
Keep reading, keep writing, and showcase your skills at every opportunity when representing yourself or your company, in whatever job you have. After being in several different jobs and locations throughout the country, proficient writing skills always stand out and open up doors to advancement.
- Marketing: Copywriting and Content Marketing typically target consumers and have a more creative writing spin.
- Internal Communications: This is usually employee to employee communication. Communication can range from human resource topics, company initiatives, or executive communications.
- Technical Writing: This is usually in partnership with engineering or another technical field. These roles are commonly found in tech industries and require skills to distill complex ideas into simple language.
- Copyediting: This is an important role for any communications department. The skills needed range from editing to proofreading.
- Communications Strategy: These roles have less day-to-day writing and focus more on the bigger picture for communications. This role plans what kinds of communications are needed for a campaign and then works with Writers to have that idea come to fruition.
Jin Mee recommends the following next steps:
Some kinds of writing, such as technical writing, can pay quite well. The nice thing about writing is that even if you're making money doing one kind of writing, you can always do creative writing on the side. This is what many writers do and have done. For example, I work professionally writing technical documentation, but I've always done creative writing on the side.
Best of luck to you!
No one can map out a path that gives you financial security especially when you are young in your career. Your goal should be finding a job that matches your career aspirations.
Right now there is absolutely no way you can see all the jobs that are out there. I have peers who literally wrote their own job descriptions because they worked for a company that had a gap and they successfully created a job that suited them. There are positions you've never heard of that require strong writers such as internal audit or corporate relations. Of course these are in the corporate world.
Everyone needs storytellers these days. PR companies. Marketing companies. Websites. B2C and B2B businesses. But I think you're asking the wrong question. If income is your main requirement, you need to look at the jobs that are in most demand and drive towards that. If you want find areas that hold interest for you, look in these general areas and be ready to learn, observe and be a solid team player.
I, too, suffered under the weight of trying to pursue a career as a writer, but one of the main things that helped was realizing that the term "writer" is far too broad and all-encompassing. The idea of the "general" writer as a career is too simple; the key is to find a job or career path in which you can APPLY your skills as a writer.
Make a list of your hobbies, of your likes and dislikes. Consider any specialties you might have. See how your writing skills can be applied to these. And then seek out companies and opportunities that reflect these skills and specialties.
Maybe it's not a position that automatically sounds like "writer," but it fits what you can do and what you like to do — start there.
Writing is so much more than just words on a page. It's in television, in film, in tech/digital media, in news, in marketing. Shoot, I was writing HR communications for a hospitality group back in the day — never lose hope, and always roll with the punches!
Remember, writers, by nature, are adaptable!