Re: Where did you get your feet wet?

Subject: Re: Where did you get your feet wet?
From: "Simon North" <sintac -at- home -dot- nl>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2005 10:34:29 +0200

At school I could never decide what I wanted to do, so my graduation subjects were evenly divided across sciences and arts.
I went to University to study Mathematics, Statistics and Computing but discovered that I absolutely abhored statistics (I still
do). Switched courses to English and French Literature at the end of the first year.

Had a tough time finding a job I liked after college and ended up joining the Army who, based on my academic history,
trained me as an aircraft electronics technician.

After the Army, I still hadn't a clue what I wanted to do, but stumbled on a government retraining scheme in technical writing.
In the UK at that time, nearly all tech writers were second-career engineers so, based on my aircraft engineering background I
got my first civilian job in aerospace as a product support engineer, where documentation was about 40% of my work. I was 30
and wanted more of a career so I took a contracting job as a tech writer in Continental Europe.

20 years and 5 jobs later, I'm still here.

Simon North.


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