Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
First, I served in the Air Force from 1992 to 2000.
Next, I moved back home to SoCal to attend community college and got my Associate's Degree.
Then, I transferred to CSUF and switched my major from journalism to English.
I graduated from CSUF with a B.A. in English.
Then, I attended Cal Poly Pomona for grad school and received my Master's.
Worked as a technical writer for 8 years.
Retired at 48, and I am proud of what I have accomplished.

Career

Technical writer and Instructional designer

I communicated complex information through documentation. I wrote instruction manuals and user manuals.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Writing
Education
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

On a typical day, I was in charge of communicating complex information through documentation. I had two jobs as a technical writer. I left my second job because there were no promotions available. At my second job, I was a technical writer and was promoted to an editor of technical writers.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Networking is what I regret not doing when I was a college student. Students should get to know each other as much as possible. It isn't about using these people, it's about who can help you.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"I didn't face that much discouragement. Instead, I always was so supported. When I was young, my parents encouraged my writing skills. "

Interviewed By

Zac

at CSUF