Re: ANON: job dissatisfaction

Subject: Re: ANON: job dissatisfaction
From: Damien Braniff <Damien_Braniff -at- PAC -dot- CO -dot- UK>
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 08:40:46 +0000

Unfortunately, for most people, THE dream job doesn't exist or, if it does,
you never get it! I've been a TW for over 15 years and worked at a variety
of places and the jobs have ranged from really interesting to dead boring
(usually a mix of the two). At times you're really in to what you're
doing, spend long hours on problems etc basically because you're having
fun. At other times it's 9-5 basics that provides the money to pay the
bills etc.

I think that, generally, this is the position in most jobs and you need to
look at it over a longer period of time. Also, as someone else said you
have to watch out for your reputation. If you're contracting then moving
jobs every 6 months or so isn't really a problem. If you're staff however,
this may well come across as somebody who isn't going to stick and managers
may be put off hiring someone if they think they may have to go through the
whole process again in a few months.

My advice - stay where you are and give it a chance. Any TW job (if it's
with a reasonable company) allows a certain amount of scope to change the
job description etc. If they're not giving you the work, look around the
company - who needs writing done? Is it what interests you etc? Do it and
build up an internal reputation for getting things done and take it from

Damien Braniff
Technical Author
PAC International

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