Mark Reen, ad sales director of IPC tx, accepted one of the dullest
jobs in history in a bid to be a writer
Mark Reen’s dreams of wowing the world with his prose came to an end
when he landed a job as a technical writer for GEC.
’I left Sussex University with a degree in physics and electronics and I
enjoyed creative writing, so I thought the job would suit me. We wrote
technical manuals for the army, so they could pull equipment apart,
repair it and put it back together again. It might even involve
soldering computer chips.
’The average age of my colleagues was 53 so it was not the most dynamic
environment. After a while, I saw an ad for a sales job at Haymarket.
The headline read: ’Are you bored?’ I didn’t need asking twice.
’When my boss found out I was leaving, he said: ’I don’t fucking blame
you. I’d go too if I could.’’