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Almost no role in a company is truly *key* or *critical* anymore.
Among the many factors behind this situation are process automation and the
changing face of global economy.
In many companies, each role is defined by the first person who ocupies that
position, and then each person who comes in usually measured against that
precedent (we don't want someone like "A", or we want someone as capable as
Each individual comes bundled with a unique set of capabilitites. Ideally,
there's a healthy overlap between these capabilities and skills required for
Given the wide array of profiles and job descriptions in technical
communication, not all technical communicators can do everything other
technical communicators can.
The key is to identify your individual strengths and use that to contribute
to your company's goals, thereby consolidating your position and honing
those skills as well.
Bottomline: If you think you can do something better than someone else in
the organisation, offer to do it. If it is something that is part of the job
you signed up to do, give it a shot. If it is something you haven't done
before, and there's no other profile in the company it maps to, give it a
shot, with caveats. the more you do, the greater your value to the company,
and in the market.
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