Is freelance writing a career option for tech and science graduatesAre you a qualified graduate with a technology or science degree and think there are more ways you can put your skills to use? If so, one great way that you can utilise your knowledge and put those long years of study into direct practice is to try your hand at freelance writing. If you are suitably qualified, there’s every chance that you’ll be able to earn some spare cash!

With the employment market still struggling to get back to normal after the 2008 crash, jobs remain scarce. This is particularly the case for young graduates. And while the job market will eventually pick up again, every new academic year brings more and more newly qualified graduates into the market who immediately start to compete for jobs. In this environment, you’ll need to think creatively about how you can still earn some money while at the same time add to your CV. This is where freelance writing can help you out!

So what kind of opportunities are there for technology and science graduates?

If you are a qualified graduate with an information technology, computer science, maths or any type of engineering degree, there are more opportunities in freelance writing than you might first think. Many technology businesses and their clients commission all kinds of technical reports and therefore need people with the right specific skills. Alternatively, there is a range of other work, including researching, proofreading jobs, or academic writing and model answers in your subject area. As science and technology are popular subjects with a wide application across many businesses, it is doubtful you will be short of work. And as there is a shortage of qualified freelancers in general terms, it’s a great time to get started. 

What are the downsides to freelance writing?

Being a freelance writer obviously also has its drawbacks. You will have to stick at it a while before you can be more certain of guaranteed work. It takes time to build up contacts and to get your name out there. Rates of pay can also differ from job to job and so you’ll need to carefully manage how much work you’ll have to take on. And of course, if you don’t like writing or find you suffer from writer’s block, this perhaps isn’t the career for you. Indeed, graduates of technology and science subjects have typically practised their written skills less often than Arts graduates. But if you feel confident in your writing, you may find you’ll have an advantage in your subject area. But, in all, if you want flexibility and decent rates of pay, it is worth investigating the freelance opportunities out there!

How to get going

If you want to break into freelance writing, the best way is to sign up a large freelancing website, where you’ll be able to advertise your skills or respond to offers for work. These include websites such as www.elance.com and www.academicknowledge.com. It’s usually quite easy to register and sign-up, and with enough persistence and determination you could find a new and lucrative use for your degree.

This blog was written on behalf of Academic Knowledge who specialise in freelance writing jobs, researching, proofreading and marking in all subject areas.