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What about those of us who would like to
go in the opposite direction?
I have extensive technical writing
experience. My Spanish is
conversational -- written Spanish is
probably a little better. I just got
laid off -- so I have started classes to
brush up on my French and to learn
My dream job would incorporate the skill
sets of the technical writing and
----- Original Message -----
From: Marguerite Krupp
<mkrupp -at- cisco -dot- com>
<techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2001 8:09
Subject: RE: H1B tech writers
> Before this thing degenerates into one
of those nasty ESL discussions, may I
> remind folks that the H1B visa
category was intended to allow companies
> bring to the U.S. workers who had
skills that were unavailable in this
> country at that time.
> With the current state of the economy,
with so many technically skilled U.S.
> citizens out of work, it would seem
that the H1B visa has outlived its
> usefulness. Those who have come here
on those visas could, indeed, be left
> scrambling or stranded, but that was
part of the bargain.
> OTOH, companies are already opening
tech support call centers in lower-cost
> countries such as India, for example.
Many of the people working there now
> had previous experience in the U.S.
It's not too much of a stretch to
> imagine the same happening with tech
writing, given the prevalence of
> telecommuting and global
teleconferencing. I am currently working
> project with tech writers from San
Jose to Israel, and I'm in
> Bottom line: it's a global economy,
visas notwithstanding. The best defense
> for our own careers is to stay current
with our skills, tools,
> methodologies, and with the needs of
our audiences. As long as you enjoy
> what you're doing, you're ahead of the
> A landmark hotel, one of America's
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