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Subject:Re: Additional roles for technical writers From:"Elisa R. Sawyer" <elisawyer -at- gmail -dot- com> To:Craig Cardimon <craig -dot- cardimon -at- gmail -dot- com> Date:Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:49:08 -0800
I've been asked to add many chores to what I do as a technical writer. The
most common have been management related and QA related. I also had a
project where I focused mostly on graphics, which was surprisingly fun for
me. I'd actually love to do a bit of videography.
I like Chris Morton's list. It illustrates how versatile technical
communicators can be. I think that technical communicators can carve out a
niche for themselves that aligns with their talents and interests.
I've observed that there are cultural norms that affect how people see the
profession of technical communication. I worked for a couple of years with
teams that were located in Brazil. We in N. America realized that our
Brazilian team members tended to take positions as technical writers for a
time and then move into management. We learned that the position "technical
writer" is seen by our Brazil teams as a good management track step, hence
the steady stream of people who spent anywhere from several months to a few
years as tech writers.
On Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 2:06 PM, Craig Cardimon <craig -dot- cardimon -at- gmail -dot- com>
> Hello and Merry Christmas, Whirlers!
> My manager told me he was pleased with how I've been doing, but that he
> would like to get me involved even more with the company.
> In your own experience, what kinds of corporate "chores" have you been
> asked to apply your skills to as technical communicators?
> I'll Google around on my own too, and see what I can come up with.
> Craig Cardimon
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