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Monday, November 20, 2023

Recommendation and Insights on the Enterprise of Technical Communication

If you happen to learn the previous few months’ entries, you’ll see that I’ve had an fascinating 12 months, which started with being informed that my ongoing (it could have been eight years as of Might 30) contract with Nissan could be coming to an finish. This has resulted in fairly a couple of adjustments in my skilled life whereas different occasions have been occurring in my private life, which I’ll recapitulate under. The underside-line message of this month’s publish is: change occurs, and the higher you possibly can deal with that actuality, the higher you’ll adapt as your profession unfolds.

When We Final Left Our Hero…

Final month, I used to be awaiting a written job provide, which did arrive finally. This was a little bit of an enormous deal: I used to be staring down the tip of a profitable however very short-term contract (three months) with solely part-time work from Nissan to fill the hole. As a result of the short-term contract was space-related, my different space-related buyer requested I not work for them. So within the area of three months, I’d ended two long-term contracts, breezed by way of a short-term contract, and was dealing with solely a short-term contract out till the tip of the 12 months…as I used to be on the way in which towards getting married and attempting to purchase a shared home. This could have been tough if I ran out of cash by the tip of the 12 months.

It’s been somewhat worrying.

In consequence, I used to be greater than somewhat nervous about getting that provide letter for a full-time place as a result of whereas there have been loads of jobs in the marketplace, there weren’t numerous jobs that suited my specific experiences, talent units, and pursuits. However the provide arrived, and like a grateful shipwreck survivor, reached for the life preserver thrown my method.

Right here’s The place Issues Received Attention-grabbing

In my April publish, I thought-about what kind of job I’d need–contract or full-time–that may maintain me from taking a job doing one thing I didn’t like only for the cash. I’ve finished that, and it makes for acceptable pay however a depressing work life. So I had hopes I would get one thing like this:

As a long-time advocate of human spaceflight with in depth skilled expertise within the area, I’m in search of a communication place that enables me to contribute throughout a number of features of a space-related group. This might embrace mission and imaginative and prescient, strategic planning and messaging, system descriptions, proposal win themes, executive-level communications, internet content material, and different shops. The purpose of my work is to assist my buyer/employer clearly convey how they’ll contribute to a spacefaring future.

Briefly, I kind of needed the job I had ten years in the past, after I was “Chief of Communications” at Zero Level Frontiers. (Notice: I left that job resulting from monetary constraints on the firm, which finally folded.)

A pal and previous buyer supplied me a job as a senior technical author (I defined that managing different folks was not my factor) at a price approximating what I used to be making on the Nissan gig (perhaps even a tad extra) with different little perks thrown in–the corporate has their very own Hawaiian shirts, for instance. Plus medical and dental insurance coverage–coated. First time for that in ten years. After paying as a lot as $820/month for medical insurance (no dental), this can be a little bit of a thoughts bender. Plus they despatched me a laptop computer and monitor simply to do their work. And I can proceed to work at home the vast majority of the time regardless of the corporate being primarily based in Colorado; I’ll simply have to journey to the corporate workplaces as soon as 1 / 4. Wow.

Most significantly, I’ll be writing about area {hardware} in quite a lot of capacities, from weblog and social media posts to proposals to inner processes to buyer deliverables. Briefly, it’s the best job for somebody like me, who loves writing about area stuff and wishes selection to remain motivated. I can face my future with somewhat extra confidence and stability. I’ve to study to take care of constant workplace hours (keep in my chair) 8 hours a day once more, and I can’t simply jaunt off to the grocery retailer at 10 a.m. on a random Tuesday anymore, however I feel I can stay with it. My good woman and I will likely be shopping for a home this month, 11 days after our wedding ceremony. Good instances.

Journey awaits. Might your journey take you good locations as properly.

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