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One of the biggest failings in the world of computer software and hardware is poor documentation. Because software and hardware are constantly evolving, the minute you publish a book or manual, it's out of date. Consequently, those manuals have to be updated.
Take your skills and build a brand for yourself. Write the manual for a piece of software, hardware or protocol. Or find a blog to write for. There are millions upon millions of computer users, most of whom have no idea what they're doing. The world needs good writers of computer manuals because manufacturers aren't creating these documents.
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Not that I would ever enter management, but it remains a viable field for many admins and consultants.
That suitability is especially true for consultants who have had to run their small shop or one-man show and keep all the balls in the air. Those people have the marketing, organisational and communication skills needed in management. But you must understand that this route simply involves trading one set of headaches for another.
Research and development
Companies thrive on research — and that includes tech companies. What R&D departments don't need are people who have no idea what they are talking about. You know how things work as opposed to how they should work. You are fully aware of real-world needs compared with company-created needs.
A voice like yours could be of incredible value to a company devising the next big thing in IT. Of course R&D tends to exist only in bigger companies, so your CV would have to stand out from the mounds already piling up on HR desks. Overcome that hurdle and you might have a perfect match.
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