FW: Skills

Subject: FW: Skills
From: Alyssa Fox <a -dot- fox -at- pentasafe -dot- com>
To: Melanie Burrett <wirren -at- golden -dot- net>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 10:09:47 -0500

I have a degree in history, and it hasn't hindered me in any way. I did a
technical writing co-op job while in school, so when I graduated I had some
experience already, so that probably helped me get the job I did when I got
out of school. But no one's ever blinked when I've told them I have a
history degree.

-----Original Message-----
From: Melanie Burrett [mailto:wirren -at- golden -dot- net]
Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2000 7:44 AM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: Skills



Hello(: Very recent lurker here. I have a few questions
to pose to the list in general.

I'm trying to get into the field of technical writing. I
am one credit from finishing my B.A., and I have been
taking computer courses at my local Community College
(UNIX, HTML, programming stuff). Will having a B.A. in
Classics hinder me in any way? I've been looking at job
adds and what I've seen is 'technical writing or
english'. Would a recruiter consider Classics to be
equivalent to a degree in english? Personally, I would
consider it to be *more* relevant considering a large
part of the degree focuses on archaeology, which places
a heavy emphasis on report writing...(I'm blathering a
bit, but I just woke up:)

On another note... I just bought a book to teach myself
FrameMaker and XML. Does it matter *where* I acquire
these skills?

Thanks in advance,

Melanie Burrett




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