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09/08/2019

Can a 16 year old get a paying writing job?

QUESTION
Can a 16 year old get a paying writing job?
I’m curious because I love to write and I consider myself very good at it. I get high A’s in all of my essays. Is there any way I can get a job in this category, part-time or full time?

ANSWER
Depends what kind of writer you want to be! I’m not sure what country you are in, but you want to go to college/university or the equivalent to do various courses before you find a paying writing job. I doubt you will be able to get a job in writing unless you have the correct qualifications, papers etc. will not employ someone without qualifications as there is simply too much competition out there. I suggest that you take any of the following courses of university:
– Law
– Journalism
– Literature
– There are heaps more… do some research with your local university or ask a careers adviser!
All in all if you have a natural talent for writing then you should like these courses just fine. Unfortunately, unless you write a brilliant novel and get paid ridiculous amounts of royalties for it, you will not be able to be employed as a journalist or columnist without qualifications or at least some background experience beyond high school. But with these you will be well on your way!