Introduce Yourself Here!
What has been your proudest achievement so far? :)
I'd love to hear about your proudest achievement as yet, and anything you'd like to tell about your next winning effort!
Living in a foreign country, between jobs, without strong local language skills, I wondered whether it was time to move back to the US. Then a bulletin board job posting listed my qualifications! I prayed, "See God, it would be easy for you to get me that job!" Then it was like God tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Elisabeth, it would be easy for me to get you *any* job." Oh! that's right!
The next job was a tech editor position -- user manuals, instructional materials, reference volumes and marketing materials. All familiar, and I knew I was qualified. I also knew many brilliant (and successful) software engineers that are really unfamiliar with MS Word's advanced features. I went in with the idea that I'd show them some best practices in documentation and content management.
Soon, I saw that (a) we'd be using LaTeX, not MS Word, and ( I was not qualified -- I had a lot of learning to do! I learned LaTeX, fell in love with it, developed .sty files and a fresh, new corporate look-and-feel to show off the clarity of content, and even learned how to develop bash scripts to compile various sets and subsets of manuals, instructional materials, reference volumes and marketing brochures! As I grew from technical editor to Technical Documentation Manager, single-source publishing became my passion, whatever the document processing system. My proudest achievement is that 13-volume corpus and all the 2-4 page brochures it propagated!
Back in the US, I've been working with federal contracting organizations rather than high-tech producers -- and that space uses MS Word. I've learned a lot about proposal development and coordinating the input of multiple contributors -- but my favorite people to work with are still engineers, or at least the engineering minded. Cheers to you!