Re: What is a reasonable training period for newbie writers?

Subject: Re: What is a reasonable training period for newbie writers?
From: "Dana Ditomaso" <dana -at- caribousystems -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 16:12:40 -0500

Krista wrote:
> I can't even imagine that a person with zero experience in
> tech writing could go into contracting or into being a lone
> writer in the first place.

I beg to differ on that account. Two and a half years ago I was hired,
straight out of university, to set up the support department of this startup
software company. I included technical writing in that department's
responsibilities, and now I am the lone technical writer. I have a degree
in Geography, and the only training I took was reading a lot of books and
the technical writing of others to get a feel for how it should be done.

Perhaps my documents aren't as "professional" as people with a formal tech
writing education or years of experience, but I know for a fact that the
clients use them, as I also answer the support line infrequently.

Right now, I'm in the process of looking for a new job, and I've encountered
the phrase "you don't _really_ have any experience" many times so far. I
can't even tell you how discouraging that is, to be told that your two and a
half years of learning and hard work doesn't really mean anything, because
you're not a "real" technical writer.

Please think again before making sweeping judgments.

Regards,

Dana
______________________________________________
Dana Ditomaso (dana -at- caribousystems -dot- com)
Manager, Support Services, Caribou Systems
voice (416) 366-1613 x4963 fax (416) 366-3592
http://www.caribousystems.com
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