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Subject:Re: tech communication career From:John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com> To:Roy Waggoner <rwfromkansas -at- yahoo -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Wed, 28 Jun 2006 05:39:45 -0700 (PDT)
> 1) What is a typical day like?
Come in at 8:15am, catch up on some emails and by 8:45, starting up
my authoring toll and subject application. Spend the next three hours
wrestling with a single page of a 60 page manual of instruction on
how to install an application on UNIX, Linux, Solaris, and Windows to
make it clear and accurate.
Break for lunch at 11:30, get a salad and return to my desk with it,
where I'll spend the next thirty minutes filling out some forms that
are required to post a document to the corporate web site.
About 12:15, try to round up some reviews of a document I distributed
on Monday for the document that will be posted to the corporate web
site on Friday.
About 2:30, sit in on a weekly 90 minutes telephone conference call
with one of our largest customers that I cannot participate in,
trying to get hints of coming features that development won't tell me
about directly but will tell them.
At 4pm, spend 30 minutes on a weekly one-on-one meeting with my
manager trading information on any new requirements or projects
coming in the next week.
Starting at 4:30, going to 7pm, return to the installation document I
was working on when I came in in the morning.
Get home at 8ish, eat dinner, then go on-line for some research until
about 9:30, watch some news, sleep at 10, when the alarm goes off at
6am and a similar cycle starts over again.
> 2) What are hours like? Do you find it takes time
> away from your family beyond 50 hours a week or so?
My family is 90 miles away and I return home to spend Friday night to
Sunday night there.
> 3) What are some of the major pluses and minuses of
> the career?
Plus...I enjoy it and am told I'm pretty good at it.
Minus...it can be deathly dull, except for deadline time, when things
change by the minute.
> 4) What are typical entry level salaries and later
> salaries? Are you happy with your compensation?
>From about 30-40k to start, to over 100k after maybe 7-10 years?
> 5) What is most exciting to you about the job?
Every other Friday
> 6) How vital is a degree in technical communication?
I don't have one (in fact I have NO degree) and I'm at $100k
> Is competition for jobs intense? I ask this since
> while I have some technical knowledge, I am sure it is
> 7) How is the career undergoing changes, and in what
> ways will that impact the job market for technical
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