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1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 12:09:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hey guys, it's been awhile since I made a journal on here and a new development has come up.

For the past year, I've been toiling away at an entry-level job. It wasn't a great time for my self-esteem, but I was new to the area and I had to start somewhere.

Last month, I noticed an opening for a technical writer position within my company. The description matched my qualifications, so I decided to give it a shot and apply. That led to two interviews and what felt like endless waiting to hear back.

Just recently found out that I got the job! It's a salaried position with full benefits, the whole thing. Success at last! I'm so excited (and relieved).

I start my role as a technical writer next week.

Anyway, you can ask me anything. It's been a good day.

1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 12:10:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
AYYYYY
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 12:10:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
So you'll be writing riveting pieces of literature such as
"to turn the unit on, press the 'on' button"?
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 12:11:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Can you explain how the power off light functions with your product line?
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 12:17:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/29/19 - 12:10:45 PM CuckingFunt wrote:
So you'll be writing riveting pieces of literature such as "to turn the unit on, press the 'on' button"?

Yes I can't wait!!

I think it's interesting that a lot of technical writer positions want English majors considering the difference in subject matter, but I guess they just want people who can write coherently. That seems to be a dying art these days.
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 12:20:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh yeah, that job definitely requires someone who can write coherently...which is like finding a unicorn.
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 12:22:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
More context:

I've been working as a proctor in one of the company's test centers. Now I'll be writing the documentation that is used every day in the test centers throughout the region. Some of it will be typical technical writing (how to use this device, etc) but most of it will be writing up the procedures and guidelines for the hundreds of exams that the company administers.

This is actually perfect because I've had to use this documentation every day as a proctor, so I have a pretty good idea of what they're looking for and what works/what can be improved.
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 12:26:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/29/19 - 12:20:39 PM CuckingFunt wrote:
Oh yeah, that job definitely requires someone who can write coherently...which is like finding a unicorn.

I honestly didn't realize until somewhat recently how uncommon it is.

Last year, I had a temp job where I scored standardized tests, mainly the essay section. All of the essays were from high school students, mostly sophomores and juniors.

I was genuinely surprised by the number of students who could not write a well-structured sentence, let alone a well-structured essay.

I'm not sure where the gap is in our education system, but sh*t is scary out there, you guys.
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 12:28:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm so glad you're out there englishing with your english degree!
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 12:34:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
Congratulations!
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 12:34:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
Thank you so much, cuck! So am I.

Not gonna lie, I look forward to rubbing this into the face of every naysayer who told me my English degree would never lead to a "real job."

Take that, naysayers!
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 12:35:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/29/19 - 12:34:43 PM Spoonerism wrote:
Congratulations!

Thanks, spoony!

I was thinking about you the other day. I hope things are going well for you.
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 12:50:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Things are going great. Thank you!
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 1:03:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Haha, as a person who proofreads engineering reports for a living, I concur with what terrible writing skills a large faction of people possess.

I don't know if there's a real gap in our education system when it comes to English skills, tbh, because I personally feel like you're exposed to it enough to catch the drift of the basics, but I also feel that it comes naturally to me.

Congrats on the new job!
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 1:35:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
Congratulations! Answer any question you wish, but don’t tell us what the question that it goes with is!
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 1:44:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
Great news! Congratulations

Have you learned any life lessons while you've been gone from YT?
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 1:52:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/29/19 - 1:03:08 PM Rag_Doll_ wrote:
Haha, as a person who proofreads engineering reports for a living, I concur with what terrible writing skills a large faction of people possess. I don't know if there's a real gap in our education system when it comes to English skills, tbh, because I personally feel like you're exposed to it enough to catch the drift of the basics, but I also feel that it comes naturally to me. Congrats on the new job!

Thank you, I appreciate it!

I agree that exposure is probably enough for people who already have a predisposition towards writing, but not everyone does. It probably doesn't help that writing is often viewed as a chore and people are reluctant to do it. You can't master a skill that you rarely practice.
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 2:07:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/29/19 - 1:44:58 PM WigglesFT wrote:
Have you learned any life lessons while you've been gone from YT?

Yes.

The proctoring job is a customer service position and I think you learn a lot by working with the public on a daily basis (for better or for worse, haha). I think the job has taught me how to manage my anxiety and handle stressful, high pressure situations better. My problem solving skills are sharper than they were before.

I've learned that the majority of people are perfectly decent, but you have to be on your guard because some people are wolves in sheep's clothing and cannot be trusted. I'm not as gullible anymore and it's easier for me to figure out when someone is bullsh*tting me. It turns out that people lie about dumb stuff and you have to be aware of that while navigating life.
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 2:08:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
Paradoxically, I've also learned how to trust again and I'm better at determining when someone has earned my trust. I went through a period where I was pessimistic about romantic relationships (which I think is pretty understandable, all things considered), but now I'm in a relationship where I feel secure and I'm not constantly wondering when/if the mask will fall and he'll turn into a monster.

Turns out my boyfriend is just a good dude and I'm having a great time cohabiting with him! I've reached a point where I can actually relax again. It's pretty cool.
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 2:08:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
it’s kinda weird, but I never really thought about the fact that people have to actually write out manuals and directions and such
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 2:09:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/29/19 - 2:08:42 PM BlackBird77 wrote:
Paradoxically, I've also learned how to trust again and I'm better at determining when someone has earned my trust. I went through a period where I was pessimistic about romantic relationships (which I think is pretty understandable, all things considered), but now I'm in a relationship where I feel secure and I'm not constantly wondering when/if the mask will fall and he'll turn into a monster. Turns out my boyfriend is just a good dude and I'm having a great time cohabiting with him! I've reached a point where I can actually relax again. It's pretty cool.

probably the best post in this journal
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 2:16:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/29/19 - 1:35:07 PM peledavid16 wrote:
Congratulations! Answer any question you wish, but don’t tell us what the question that it goes with is!

Thank you!

My answer is coffee. Always coffee.
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 2:18:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/29/19 - 2:08:49 PM Disappears wrote:
it’s kinda weird, but I never really thought about the fact that people have to actually write out manuals and directions and such

Yeah, I didn't think about it much either until I looked into technical writing as a career. We need real humans to write these things...for now, that is.

On Monday 4/29/19 - 2:09:42 PM Disappears wrote:
probably the best post in this journal

1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 2:22:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/29/19 - 2:08:42 PM BlackBird77 wrote:
Paradoxically, I've also learned how to trust again and I'm better at determining when someone has earned my trust. I went through a period where I was pessimistic about romantic relationships (which I think is pretty understandable, all things considered), but now I'm in a relationship where I feel secure and I'm not constantly wondering when/if the mask will fall and he'll turn into a monster. Turns out my boyfriend is just a good dude and I'm having a great time cohabiting with him! I've reached a point where I can actually relax again. It's pretty cool.

GOOD
1 month ago - Monday 4/29/19 - 2:29:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
Congratulations!

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