Finding content in your job title

bmanning at bmanning at
Tue Mar 30 22:22:13 CDT 2010

On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 11:14:52PM -0400, Steve Bertrand wrote:
> Hi all,
> This is perhaps a rather silly question, but one that I'd like to have
> answered.
> I'm young in the game, and over the years I've imagined numerous job
> titles that should go on my business card. They went from cool, to
> high-priority, to plain unimaginable.
> Now, after 10 years, I reflect back on what I've done, and what I do
> now. To me, if a business is loose-knit with no clear job descriptions
> or titles (ie. too small to have CXO etc), I feel that a business card
> should reflect what one feels is the primary job responsibility, or what
> they do the most (or love the most).
> For instance, I like to present myself as a 'network engineer'. I have
> never taken formal education, don't hold any certifications (well, since
> 2001), and can't necessarily prove my worth.
> How does the ops community feel about using this designation? Is it
> intrusive or offensive to those who hold real engineering degrees? I'm
> content with 'network manager', given that I still do perform (in my
> sleep) numerous system tasks and have to sometimes deal with front-line
> helpdesk stuff.
> Instead of acting like I'm trying to sell myself out, I'll leave out
> what I actually do and ask those who sig themselves with 'network
> engineer' what they do day-to-day to acquire that title, and if they
> feel comfortable with having it.
> Steve

	well, there are communities which use the term "engineer"
	as a term of art adn frown on this group co-opting the
	term "network enginer" ... maybe you really don't want to
	go there (even if it is what you do).

	I've used memorable terms in the past, gadfly, plumber, chief 
	bottle-washer, and have seen goddess, evangelist, and more.


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