I think I promised a couple of people an update on my employment status via my blog. I got that all finalized today, so here ya go!
First, the back story for anyone who missed it. I have an engineering degree, yes. And now I have a Masters in English, yes. The intuitive marketable combination (at least while I'm brainstorming the great American novel) is technical writing, so I've interviewed with two firms looking to hire tech writers.
One firm, PROS Revenue Management, develops software to forecast and manage pricing on such things as air plane seats and hotel rooms. In working for them I would be writing about the software. The other firm, IDI, is much smaller, but is entirely composed of tech writers, which are then contracted out to companies in need of documentation. This could run the gamut from software to hardware to process in any field from electronics to oil. I consider this a better fit for my interests and background, since I'm much better with hardware concepts than software. Not that I'd consider myself anything less than stellar at writing about either. :-P
PROS made me a very reasonable offer for an entry level tech writer. IDI topped it. By more than 30%. So I'll be working for IDI, and my first day will be a day trip to New Orleans for the kick off meeting of the project they want to put me on.
I'm on a two month trial at an hourly rate, with no benefits, but I can handle that, because it's what I've been doing for over a year contracting for Augmentix. After that, I'll be making more money than I'd dreamed I'd ever make after quitting the engineering biz. In a nutshell, I am incredibly blessed. They expect a lot from me, but I know I can meet and exceed, because that's just what I do.
I'm excited, but I'm also a little scared. But I know I'm not alone. Not only do I have my friends and family behind me 100%, I am definitely being led, carried, supported, and prodded as needed by the Master. I hope to prove to Him most of all that I can turn to profit the good that He has entrusted to me.
Thanks to everyone for the well wishing and the encouragement and the reminders that everything would work out. You know how I spaz about stuff. I start next week, so keep your fingers crossed for me!