FWD: Changing careers FROM tech writing

Subject: FWD: Changing careers FROM tech writing
From: Anonymous <anonfwd -at- raycomm -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2003 20:06:29 -0600 (MDT)

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list if you want the original poster to see your message. EJR

After a lot of soul-searching I have decided to change
careers and move out of the technical writing field. I
have made some great friends as part of my work;
however, after feeling like a square peg in a round
hole for quite some time now, I'm finally in a
position to return to school to pursue another career.

My questions to the group are:

1. How much notice should I give my employer? One
wrinkle to this question is I am not returning to
school full time at first. I would consider continuing
to work part-time for my employer through probably the
end of the year if they are interested in pursuing
that. How would you broach this subject if you were in
my position?

2. I have been in my current job for almost nine
years. Because I work in a small company, my leaving
will leave a gap. I'm not irreplaceable, of course,
but I've set up most of the documentation procedures
that are in use here. The only other writer here has
been here less than a year and though quite
experienced as a technical writer, is still learning
the procedures. What advice do you have for someone
leaving their position after being in it for such a
long time? What would you try to do in your last 4-6
months in your job to make the transition easier for
those who follow you?

Thanks in advance to the group for any advice they
have. I know it will be informative, as this group has
so often been in the past.


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