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During my one-on-one with my boss last week, he asked me the same thing
. . .I told him I really, really liked my job three out of five days,
which is a pretty good average --
I've worked in Technical Communications and Training since 1976 --
writer, trainer, training developer, world's worst editor, management --
it's helped put a roof over my family's head, feed us, send a child to
college (two more months, fingers crossed), allowed me to stay
well-equipped with motorcycles (a key factor), and let me hang out with
bright, highly motivated people working in a non-boring environment.
If I could re-design my career, I would likely find a niche a little bit
closer to companies' core business, and I would really like to skip the
whole Rodney Dangerfield-esque whining that sometimes arises from my
peers, but, all in all, I I dig my job, and have for a long while now.
Perhaps the whining to which I referred is caused, in part, because
there are folks working in the field that want to be doing something
else . . . we all spend too much time at work -- if your work doesn't
please you, find something that will.
From: Cardimon,Craig [mailto:ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2007 8:12 AM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com; Chris Kearney
Subject: Happy to be a Tech Writer?
Chris Kearney asked in a post:
<<Sorry, I like my simple job of interviewing users and
sme's, taking shots, and writing in plain English (my
language of choice). Is anyone else out there
actually happy to be a Tech Writer?>>
My response: I am. I'm happy to be a technical writer. I wanted to be
one for years, but it just didn't happen. Then in November 2006, I
switched careers in all of three days. Like the army, it was hurry up
and wait. My business card says: "Technical Writer." Nothing fancy.
Suits me mighty fine.
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