Professional Writing: Myths

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Professional writing, a vast and versatile field that is a significant aspect to multiple industries in the media and communications world, is one surrounded by a lot of misinformation. For example, a common misconception is that professional writing is only about writing novels, when in fact it’s an important part of every business, publication, and organization.

Here are two other common myths about the industry, debunked:

Only “Natural” Writers Can Write Professionally
A common misconception is that you can only write professionally if you’re a naturally great writer, when in fact, no one is simply born with exceptional writing skills. Like all skills, great writing evolves through education, practice, hard work, and willingness to improve.

Writing Is A Hobby
While yes, writing could be a hobby (in fact that’s a great starting point), it’s also a career – and it’s a myth that it can’t be both. As professional writing is the base of effective communication, there are many opportunities for writers in the media and communications industry, even as it continues to evolve and change. Every business, organization, and publication needs effective writing to be successful; content writing, copywriting, blogging, technical writing, and creative writing are only a few of the many important writing roles within the industry.

Professional writing is a hugely important industry; everything you’ve read, somebody had to write!

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Game Development: Jobs

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Game development, a profession in high demand in various industries including entertainment, education, government, and consumer products, is constantly growing in size and innovation. The process of developing a game includes many teams of creative and skilled people, and therefore the industry offers many exciting career opportunities.

You could find employment as a:

• Game Developer
• Game Designer
• Game Programmer
• Indie Game Producer
• Asset Modeler
• Scene Designer
• Software Designer
• Software Developer
• Graphics Programmer
• Game Artist
• Character Modeler
• Environment Modeler
• Texture Artist
• Game Animator
• Game Tester
• Project Manager
• Level Designer

The industry is thriving with many career opportunities in the exciting and complex process of game development.

Game Development: The Industry

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The game development industry is the complex process of planning, designing, and creating a video game. The process can take years, as the quality and accuracy of each detail from the beginning concept to the design, development, and distribution stages is equally important in terms of the final product.

The industry has evolved far from its early days of Pac-Man and Frogger, as video games today (such as Ratchet and Clank and Borderlands) include detailed story lines and characters with complex personalities, as well as much more choice in terms of gameplay (seen in games such as The Sims and Nancy Drew).

Game development continually grows in size and significance, as the profession is in demand by various industries, and the consumer profile ranges from children to adults both male and female.

Professional Writing: Jobs

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So what exactly does professional writing mean?

Professional writing is crucial to effective communication, and is a significant aspect of many other industries (including journalism, public relations, and advertising) in the world of media and communications – and therefore, is a field that is thriving with
career opportunities.

In the professional writing field, you could find work as a:
• Copy Editor
• Proofreader
• Researcher
• Web Content Writer
• Journalist
• Blogger
• Social Media Manager
• Technical Writer
• Scriptwriter
• Author
• Communications Officer (junior level)

You also have the option to be a freelance writer and write for magazines, booklets, brochures, training materials and manuals, and more. Professional writing is an exciting and widely versatile field full of opportunities.

 

Interior Design: Myths

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Like most industries, there are many myths and/or common misconceptions about interior design, ranging from what it’s like to work in the industry to job descriptions to salary.

Here are the top two, debunked:

Interior Designers Just Choose Furniture
One of the most common conceptions is that the job of an interior designer is picking out furniture and paint colours, when in reality, the job expands far beyond these tasks. An interior designer must be an innovative, organized, and well–educated individual with a hugely versatile skill set. The responsibilities of an interior designer include improving the quality and functionality of a space while also meeting health/safety regulations and building codes, client needs, and industry standards. They must have exceptional interpersonal and critical thinking skills to conduct relevant research, analyze clients’ goals, design detailed layouts that meet industry standards and trends, collaborate with and manage other professionals, and adhere to a schedule and budget.

Designer And Decorator Are The Same Thing
While interior designers do take part in decorating, their primary focus is design. Designers are the architects of spaces, whereas decorators are the artists. Designers create the physical layout of the space based on research, health/safety and building codes, and client needs, and decorators use the result as a canvas to create an atmosphere. So while they do overlap, interior designer and interior decorator are actually two different jobs.

Despite the many common myths it battles, the interior design industry is a rewarding one, full of exciting opportunities.

Professional Writing: The Industry

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Professional writing is a specialized field that is a significant part of many other industries  – including journalism, public relations, and advertising – in the world of media and
communications.

Each industry, and more specifically, media platform, requires a specific style of writing.
A short but detailed piece written for a press release couldn’t double as insightful and engaging copy for an advertisement, nor could a long, informative piece written for a newspaper article work as a short and snappy social media post. Professional writing is about utilizing the appropriate style and standard of writing for various media platforms to either inform, persuade, and/or engage conversation.

A strong skill set and versatile writing skills are key in this field, as professional writers must write in many different “voices” for various media and/or situations. Professional writing is a creative and extremely significant field in the media and communications industry, as it is the base of effective communication.

Interior Design: Jobs

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So what exactly does an interior designer do?

The job description of an interior designer ranges far beyond designing the layout of a room. The process involves thorough knowledge of materials, colours, lighting, universal design, health/ safety regulations, and sustainability, and a broad range of skills including technological, interpersonal, and critical and creative thinking. With a career so complex comes many exciting job opportunities.

You could find work in:

  • Interior design offices
  • Architectural firms
  • Residential design (new and existing homes)
  • Commercial design (government buildings, schools, banks, retail establishments, etc.)

You can also choose to be self–employed, or specialize in a specific field, such as lighting or historical interiors. As an interior designer, you could find employment in a number of different and exciting areas of the industry.