Re: breaking out in technical communications

Subject: Re: breaking out in technical communications
From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 09:52:39 -0800 (PST)

"Joan Wagner" wrote.

> My name is Joan Wagner, and I am a junior majoring in
> business and technical communications. I am running
> into some problems gaining experience, which might
> hurt me after graduation. I was wondering if anyone
> had any suggestions for someone just starting out.

Buy a copy of Windows 2000 Server on Ebay, use it to setup a small domain.
Setup a small network and study up on systems networking. Add a
workstation to your new domain.
Take a Visual Basic or C course. Learn object oriented programming.
Take a class on database theory. Not an Access course, a real database
class on how relational database systems work.
Take some science and math classes - hone those analysis skills.

This will prepare you to be a good technical writer. It will also allow
you to sell your technical skills rather than your writing skills.
Technical skills are always in higher demand than writing skills.

Andrew Plato

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