Former Technical Writer and Project Manager at IBM
over 1 year ago
I was an English major at U of D and was uncertain of what to do with my life. Back then, we had very little career guidance. I do not even know if U of D had a career center in the 1970s. If they did, they did not advertise it very well.
I graduated from Delaware and went to Paris to work as an au pair to improve my French. I came back to the US clueless about what to do next and worked as an office temp at DuPont while figuring out what to do with my life. I loved books so decided to go to Drexel University to get a masters in Library and Information Science. While in library school, we had to study computer programming, because it was just at the time they were beginning to automate library card catalogs. While at Drexel, I decided working for an international company would be more exciting than working in a library, so when I graduated from Drexel, I created a resume that showed the English and the programming courses. That got me into IBM. I chose technical writing as a means to get into an international company. I wanted to work overseas and I eventually did for IBM France. While a tech writer, I excelled at planning and scheduling my projects and was always asked to be the team lead. Later it was natural to move into project management, because I was very good at planning, scheduling and tracking projects. IBM sent us to a class to prepare to take the PMI exam and they paid for all that. Project Managers have to be details-oriented people.