I wanted to do Journalism at a time, but I decided to switch to CompSci for pretty much this commenter's reason:

    They say you should do what you want to do and the money will follow. I'd like to amend that to do what you want to do, but do something to make a living too so you don't wind up a destitute street person or living in your mother's basement while you're doing what you want to do.

I love writing, but I'm not sure if it's a good way to make money. As long as I'm good at CompSci, I shouldn't have a problem getting a job, and that gives me more leeway to be a writer, a coder, or both.

That being said, if you really do like journalism, whether you code or not, it shouldn't be a problem to get a job in the field. I'm currently working as a Technical Writer for my school, and I like it and I'm good at it. I've put some effort into the job and gotten a few large projects done, and decided to add them to my LinkedIn profile. I've gotten two job offers already, one for $65,000.

In the end, I think it's all about experience. So I suppose I agree with this writer, in the sense that I don't think coding is going to magically get you a writing position. But experience probably will.

posted by thenewgreen: 1882 days ago