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'If you like writing, this is the job for you,'

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

says Kartikeya Jain, Content Writer and Editor, Syncworks.

I did my Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) from Raheja College. The course gives you a broad idea about various aspects of journalism both written and broadcast.

My job profile as Content Writer and Editor for a content house called Syncworks, includes writing blogs, articles, and e-learning modules for different clients. I enjoy writing and so I enjoy my job. I always had a passion for writing. I always wanted to be close to writing in my career and this job is helping me do exactly that. I did not want to do something that I did not like and later on regret not being a writer. There is always room for creativity. It is not like one of those typical 9-6 jobs where you do the same thing every day. You get to write using your imagination, your own thoughts to create something new. There is no rulebook. It is what you want it to be. It is supposed to be your creation. Every time you write something new, you get to look at it with pride. I like the novelty of the job.

Education has been a great help to me. During my school days, I had the privilege of getting taught by brilliant English teachers who moulded me into what I am today. That is where the foundation begins for everyone. If your root is strong, the tree would stand tall and blossom. I believe school education is the root. Also, I used to read a lot of English novels which really improved my language and I would highly recommend everyone to do the same.

When I came to Mumbai from my native place in Bhopal, I realised one thing that this city will not give me anything unless I go out and grab it. During my college years, I started taking up different internships which taught me a lot of things and prepared me for the future. I think one thing everyone should learn to do is ‘Never say no to work’. Your boss asks you for a simple copy-edit job, you do it. He asks you to review an article, you do it. Once you say no, he will instantly get a bad impression of you. No one wants to hear a ‘no’ in today’s world.

If time can be counted as an investment, then time was my biggest investment. Other than that, I had to leave home and come to Mumbai to study. There are not many opportunities out there. Staying away from home in a big city like Mumbai offers you many opportunities to grow as a person and as a professional.

Normally, a fresher who wants to be a content writer can earn up to 15-25K per month which is not a lot but good enough for someone who is new in the field. It is a harsh truth but this job does not pay very well to its freshers. Writers are undervalued for what they do.

It will take one at least 3-4 years to become an established professional in the field. Within this time, you get to learn almost everything that you can. But there is obviously no end to learning. There are so many things in this field that you may not even have heard of, some of which even pay really well.

Remuneration depends on your style of writing, your experience and the company you work for. One can earn between 40-60 k depending upon experience and knowledge of the field. Of course the duties will also increase. The person would not just be a content writer then, but will have to also strategise, analyse, lead and do a lot more.

The biggest advantage of working in this field is the opportunities to be creative. If you like writing, this is the job for you. Another advantage would be that you get to learn new things every day and you get to innovate. You get to decide how your latest article is going to look like. You are the inventor and the magician of words who has to create new spells every day. It is a very satisfying job. Every job comes with pros and cons. Though the job offers a lot of satisfaction personally, it is not very great for your wallet. You may not be fully satisfied financially. You may look at your engineer or doctor friends getting packages of 8-9 lakh per annum, which you will get only after a struggle of 6-7 years. But again, if you are here for the money, this may not be the job for you.

My plans for the future are to get better at what I am doing. I am still exploring. I used to be a journalist earlier. I wish to enter that field again. I am exploring all the fields that are available for me. I believe this is what everyone should do. Never stick to one thing, do whatever life offers you. After 3-4 years, I wish to start something of my own.

My advice to those who want to make a career in this field is – Do not join this profession with a weak heart. Financially, you may not grow very fast. But personally, you will.

As told to Monarose Sheila Pereira

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