Tech Communication Job Longevity

Subject: Tech Communication Job Longevity
From: George Hayhoe <george -dot- hayhoe -at- SRS -dot- GOV>
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 1995 10:07:00 -0400

In response to Shelly LaRock's question, not all tech communicators
change jobs every two or three years, voluntarily or not. I've been in
my current position almost 11 years, five as a contractor-consultant,
and six as an employee. Despite the 25% downsizing my company is about
to go through, I knew my job was secure. I'm leaving for other
reasons:

> After 11 years working in a government environment, I need to get
back into the commercial world.

> Had I chosen to stay, my software doc team would have been
consolidated into a company-wide tech pubs organization, and I would
no longer have been able to do the kind of work I want to do.

> I've wanted to set up my own consulting business for several years,
and the separation incentive my company was offering was too good to
pass up.

Perhaps there's a perception that we technical communicators change
jobs often because so many of us are part of the software industry,
where job changes (both voluntary and not) are almost as much a part
of life as breathing.

Just one person's opinion . . . .

--George Hayhoe (george -dot- hayhoe -at- srs -dot- gov)
Assistant to the President for Recognition Programs, STC


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