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Subject:Re: Happy to be a Tech Writer? From:"Simon North" <Simon -dot- North -at- quintiq -dot- com> To:<techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Mon, 02 Apr 2007 15:40:50 +0200
At school I couldn't choose between arts and sciences. I ended up with
qualifications at both. I went to university to study mathematics,
computing but after a year transferred to English & French Literature.
Real life quickly taught me two lessons: 1. it wasn't holding it's
breath waiting for yet
another literature graduate, 2. it's very hard to earn a living in the
UK as a professional
I joined the Army (I actually applied for a job a bus driver at the
same time and decided
I'd go for whichever one responded first) who, not knowing what on
earth to do with me,
trained me to be an avionics technician. Six years later with still no
clue about what to do
with my life, I stumbled on a government retraining scheme for
unemployed people and
it turned out that I had a natural talent for technical writing.
23 years later, I'm still here ... and it still says 'technical writer'
on my business card. Of course,
things have changed a lot in those years but I still write
documentation, even if I do things with
it afterwards that I would never have dreamed possible all those years
Happy? Yes. Any job has it's ups and downs (skydiving had more than
most!), and I had a done
a lot of jobs before ending up here (butcher, station master, night
security guard, bullion guard,
clerk, fireman), but I simply cannot imagine wanting to do anything
Simon North, Technical Writer.
Quintiq Application Software BV
's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
"To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for
happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost."
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