Re: Trends for Technical Communicators?

Subject: Re: Trends for Technical Communicators?
From: Richard Mateosian <srm -at- C2 -dot- ORG>
Date: Mon, 4 Mar 1996 18:22:07 -0800

>Tech writing is the *last* area where I would expect its practitioners
>to feel threatened by evolving technology.

Since our livelihoods depend on keeping up with rapid changes in what is
already the leading edge, we're probably more threatened than folks in many
other fields. If we get just a little bit behind, we can suffer from the
illusion that we've become obsolete overnight.

Often, most of what we learn on a job is inapplicable to any future job. We
grow in that hard-to-measure quality called technical maturity, but it
doesn't make job interviews much easier.

You just have to remember that there's no magic. If the new stuff is hard
for you, it's probably harder for everyone else. If many others are doing
it, it's probably easy once you learn the trick. ...RM

Richard Mateosian President, Berkeley STC
Freelance Technical Writer srm -at- c2 -dot- org Review Editor, IEEE Micro

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