Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers

Subject: Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers
From: "Downing, David" <david -dot- downing -at- Fiserv -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 13:14:46 -0600

From: Deborah Hemstreet <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>
Subject: Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers

Hi Dan,

I think its the way society has developed in the US.

I was an hourly professional in Israel for 20 years. For the first 10
years, I was a professional, but didn't know it.. and the university I
was at did not recognize it anyway.

For the next 10 years, I received a much better hourly wage, and knew I
was a professional, and was recognized as a professional.

In today's economy, and I guess my whole life, I don't really care what
others think. If I believe I'm a professional - - I am. I remember
getting into this discussion years ago when I was a licensed practical
nurse. I said I was a professional. Others said I wasn't, because I was
not an RN.

In the end, both then, in Israel, and today, I don't really care what
others say. I know what I am, and am thankful when I can support my
family with whatever skills I've been blessed with.

I personally think that the whole issue of "Professional" needs to be
carefully examined and defined. In my opinion, a degree and job title,
or even the US Government, do not make a person a professional
practitioner of their career... but I digress.



Seems to ne that the chief criteria for being "professional" is the attitude you have toward your work. Do you see your job as a necessary evil to make a living, or is your work something you really care about and have an emotional attachment to?

David Downing
Senior Technical Writer
Credit Union Solutions


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