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> Tool training has no place in a degree program. No self respecting
> university should give a degree for mastering a software package.
> In any case, if a technical writing candidate asks for tool training it is
> sure sign they don't have what it takes to be a technical writer. If you
> can't figure out how to work a software package by yourself, how will you
> ever learn about the new products you will be documenting? There won't be
> any manuals or training available until you write them!
Tool training and a university giving a degree for mastering a software
package are different things. Of course, a degree for mastering a software
package is ridiculous. However, some tool training can be appropriate.
As part of my communication program, I took a course in advanced PhotoShop
techniques. PhotoShop is a very in-depth program. Having access to an
experienced graphic artist really shortened the learning curve. I also
learned about design principles, in general, and how to apply those
principles in PhotoShop.
Senior Technical Writer
PG&E Energy Trading
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