RE: Most Impt. Skill to Learn in Tech Comm Program?

Subject: RE: Most Impt. Skill to Learn in Tech Comm Program?
From: bryan -dot- westbrook -at- amd -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 15:18:49 -0500

Maggie Secara said:
> Off hand, I'd say Liberal Arts majors were looking for an education, not
> vocational training.

But which are employers looking for, especially in these tight economic times?

Perhaps everybody should spend a few years in the "real" world doing crappy jobs before they enter college. I was a directionless 18-year-old. In fact, I could tell you what my first of many declared majors was and one additional bit of information about myself, and you would get a good laugh out of it. Hell, I even majored in drama for most of a semester before I dropped out.

Finally, after sitting out for 4 years (and doing a nightmarish collection of menial jobs) I knew what I wanted to do when I went back to school at 2, and in the time I was out a tech comm program sprang up at a college in my home state. Along the way I realized that the reason I floundered so much the first time around was that I could not see any possible way to get a job from what I was learning.

Learning is good, but I can listen to music on my own, read the classics, admire art, study history, debate philosophy (well maybe not on my own, but online or with friends), or all of those cultural things. Sure, I think knowing those things makes me a better rounded person, but they won't make me a better. Those things I classify under hobbies, and I don't need a degree program to pursue those.


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