RE: Burnout Comes Early

Subject: RE: Burnout Comes Early
From: "Lathrop, Sarah" <Sarah-Lathrop -at- forum-financial -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 10:25:26 -0400


It sound to me like you are suffering from new job stress rather than burnout. I know for me that the first two to three months on a new job are difficult. A new job means getting used to new people, new environment, new tools, new business, new technology, new office politics, etc. It can be even harder when you are young and don't have years of working experience to draw from.

I would encourage you to stick with it for a while, learn what you can, get some experience under your belt. Most people don't stay in their first job or even their first company. Many of us on this list started out in other professions and migrated into technical writing, either by chance or choice. You may start in technical writing and stick with it or migrate into something else. It doesn't have to be "endless years of the same" unless you let it be that way.


-----Original Message-----
From: Raymond Springer [mailto:Raymond -dot- Springer -at- hummingbird -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2000 7:11 PM
Subject: Burnout Comes Early


I understand that burnout could occur after a few years, but what about when
you're fresh out of school? I started at a company a few weeks ago, and have
been in "the deep end" ever since, trying to learn tools and complex
applications at the same time while trying to update online help files that
feature very poor navigation. Yet my trials pale in comparison to those of
some of my former classmates, who work for companies that see people as
little more than replaceable cogs and then complain about high turnover.

Reading about your experiences, I feel that this must be the industry-wide
status quo, and that I can only look forward to endless years of "the same."
Which brings me to my question: In your experience, is Technical Writing as
a profession merely a high-tech sweatshop? If the answer is yes, it's not
too late for me to pack it in and move to the beach in Bali.


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