RE: Seeking advice on English MA

Subject: RE: Seeking advice on English MA
From: "Gilger.John" <JGilger -at- acresgaming -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 14:17:34 -0700

Sean wrote:
"The last time I advertised for open positions, I got a lot of laid-off
defense industry engineers, a bunch of insurance industry everythings, truck
drivers, ex-marines, and the like."
I must be the odd man out (as usual). This is exactly the pool of candidates
where I have found the best tech writers. The only good writers with an
English-type bachelor's degree came out of this pool -- ex-military. These
people have a wider variety of experiences and a more eclectic knowledge
base to draw upon. They have experience communicating with a broad spectrum
of people and can draw the appropriate analogy for the situation they are
trying to communicate. They have a good "voice", like a mentor explaining a
task to an apprentice.

I wouldn't waste any money or time just to get a piece of paper to document
my "worth".

That said, I am 100% in favor of continuing your education, studying any
subject that interests you at that time. The old Thesis-Hypothesis-Synthesis
process works best when you have lots of bits and pieces to synthesize with.

John Gilger
Senior Technical Writer
Acres Gaming, Inc.


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