Please tell us about yourself
Sreevani Sreejith started her career as a software engineer at Samsung Telecom America, utilizing her undergrad computer science degree from University of Kerala. After a few years, she took a short career break and re-emerged with a career change to technical writing.
How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and exciting career?
And then came the technical writing gigs: eBay, Apple, Google. Despite this impressive work experience for the past five years, Sreevani felt that she needed to add a bit more credibility to her resume. Hearing about the Professional Sequence in Technical Communication from a colleague, Sreevani started her educational journey, “learning the principles of tech writing and discovering approaches that a professional tech writer would take while developing technical documentation,” she says.
What did you study?
Sreevani initially enrolled in online courses to balance work and study—she was commuting to Berkeley for evening courses, after all. But she soon transitioned to taking the rest of her courses in the classroom, which offered a completely different learning experience. “Working with fellow classmates and being face-to-face with world-class instructors was more empowering and effective,” she says. “The course was well-delivered and the lessons were very informative. The assignments reinforced the lessons learned in class, and the instructors corrected the assignments promptly while providing thorough feedback.”
How was the experience at Berkeley?
In particular, Sreevani notes, the Technical Editing course helped her develop self-editing skills that improved her documentation quality. “Personally, I feel more confident as a tech writer and am proud to have a certificate in technical writing from a renowned institution.”
What are you doing currently?
Sreevani is currently contracting at Google in the Android Developer Documentation team. “I am sure this certification and learning experience helped me to get shortlisted for the position.”