Careers For People Who Don't Like People

Subject: Careers For People Who Don't Like People
From: Ron Hearn <rhearn -at- central1 -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:19:09 -0700

The following link lists being a TW as number 2 on its list of Six Careers For People Who Don't Like People. http://education.yahoo.net/articles/six_solo_careers.htm?kid=1MNCA

For TWs it says:
Wish you could be left alone with your thoughts a little more - and deal with people a little less? Consider pursuing a career as a technical writer and you just might get your wish.

"Many writers live a rich life inside their own heads," Ancowitz says. "Depending on what type of writing you do, your need to interact with the outside world may be more dependent on how well you stock your fridge than a burning need to 'party.'"

As a technical writer, for example, you might write instruction or operating manuals, says the U.S. Department of Labor. That could mean spending your days gathering and organizing technical information, and figuring out how to explain complicated products or processes so customers can understand them better.

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Education Options: According to the Department of Labor, a college degree is usually required. You might want to consider earning it in journalism, English, or communications, as these are degrees employers generally prefer, says the Department.
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I guess TW jobs vary in the amount of interaction they have with people. Mine is filled with people and meetings.


Regards,

Ron Hearn
Documentation Specialist

Central 1 Credit Union
1441 Creekside Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
V6J 4S7




-----Original Message-----
From: techwr-l-bounces+rhearn=cucbc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+rhearn=cucbc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of McLauchlan, Kevin
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2012 7:32 AM
To: William Sherman; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: NEW vs. OLD Technology - RE: document your job?

William Sherman wrote a whole bunch of stuff, including:
[...]
> This is why you may want to document your job, as you can pull up all
> the neat things you did years before all the know-it-all kids of today
> who think they invented this stuff were even born.


I don't often get that.
What I get is eye-rolling amazement that all this wonderful stuff WASN'T around for my entire lifetime and for some fuzzily indeterminate time before me.

Hell, I lived well more than half my life before the web came along (much of it before even the Internet, per se, was available to people outside of research), and *I* have a hard time remembering how we got along without being able to move a mouse, type a few characters, and have tons of information instantly available.

Yeah, I remember libraries, but I also remember how LONG it took to look up stuff. You had to really want to find out something very specific, and it could sometimes involve reaching out to other institutions over a period of days, to get a copy of a book or periodical brought around to the local branch. I also remember a lot of being on waiting lists, and of branches (or entire municipal library systems) having few - or no - copies of this-or-that document because of budget constraints.

The interweebs don't appear to have time or budget constraints.
The problem now is peeling oneself away from the instant riches of information (much of it quite well cataloged) and of entertainment.

So, I think that you document your job to the extent that you need to, or to the extent that your employer (or auditor) demands, but you don't do it for posterity.
Posterity (today's 12-year-olds) can read an archive of this list if they really care or are given an research assignment by their second-year history, or perhaps anthropology, prof in 2019.

"Oh look! They still talked about "virtual" in those days (2012). Like it makes a difference. Maybe it did, back then, but that was almost half my life ago, man. Those people are dead now, right... or in the camps?"

-k


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