We freelance editors like to think we can avoid many issues that staff editors must deal with. But two issues we can’t sidestep are the need to document our actions on each project and the need to manage the discussion when we are mistakenly blamed for project problems. Yes, sometimes we are at fault, but that’s a topic for another column.
International Executive Service Corps (IESC) is seeking a technical writer and editor for a short-term, contract position in its Afghanistan Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE) Program. Launched by President Johnson in 1964, IESC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting stability and prosperity through local, private-sector economic development. This year, IESC is celebrating 50 years, 200 programs and more than 25,000 projects in 130 countries, and the creation of more than 1.5 million jobs.
It’s a holiday here in Canada today. Well, actually, our official national birthday holiday is tomorrow: July 1, Canada Day. But it’s the first weekend kids are out of school, it’s SUMMER weather (yes, with all caps) and, really, how much work are you going to get done today, the one work day between days off. Therefore, most offices are not open today; in Canada. Friday, the USA will virtually shut down for Independence Day.
Keeping up with change can be daunting, even in a tradition-bound field such as publishing. But if you’re even dreaming about your future, you can feel that hum; that drive for innovation; that need for new skills you can’t even conceive of yet.
How can you spot new trends? Where should you look? How can you find out what you need to be learning?
You already do this, right? Class A unplanner. Right?
Half of you are probably so busy meeting deadlines (or watching them woosh by) that you haven’t even planned to do any planning. The other half of you will probably find that your carefully laid-out plan gets eclipsed by deadlines or that it becomes irrelevant with the first sharp turn.