What does growth look like? It can be hard to work out what it means for us to improve as technical writers, and what growing and developing professionally looks like. Often, unlike other roles, there aren’t formal or well-defined career paths for us; this can be compounded by the fact that there usually aren’t many of us in an organisation. In this session, I’ll talk about two approaches that I’ve encountered to technical writing career development: an approach based on skills, and an approach based on impact. I’ll talk about what those look like and how to use them to put together a plan for growth, including concrete examples. Both approaches have problems and advantages, so I’ll also talk about that, and the ways they’ve worked for me and the ways they haven’t.