Re: Defining your role

Subject: Re: Defining your role
From: Eric Haddock <eric -at- ENGAGENET -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 1996 14:07:26 -0600

>Am I wrong in being uncomfortable with this?

I think: yes and no. It's unfortunate that everyone else seems to be
uneducated as to what technical writers do and this would make me feel a
bit uncomfortable (it would anyone really).
But, it's a fact that our role is unknown to some people and they really
do have to be sat down and talked to. I've heard of jobs held by people in
especially large companies and wondered what they do all day too. Nothing
especially wrong with that. A touch myopic but we can't all know
everything, hmm?
One, some, or all of the people you're going to be presenting to might
not fully understand the depth and scope of the technical writer's role.
It's good that you're being allowed the opportunity to say what it is. You
get to define your role in the company--that's an opportunity, not a drain.
It's something to look forward to. You get to put yourself in an ambitious
role if you want. To be able to mold your professional life like that?
That's great. :)

My perspective: You're not defending your job, you've been given the
chance to elevate it from (perceived) obscurity to something vital and
important. Take charge!

What should come out of you isn't a complaint--but a thunderclap. :)

Eric Haddock ------ (temporary URL)
Engage Networks, Inc. --------
Technical writer in Milwaukee, WI

My dream: falling sugar instead of snow this winter

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