Re: The Best TC/TW/TE Education...commentary

Subject: Re: The Best TC/TW/TE Education...commentary
From: Ymorrigu -at- aol -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 08:50:59 -0400

>>Getting a degree in TW is will make you feel very
comfortable. However, from an employer's perspective...what does it
do for THEM. The problem with being trained as a technical writer is
that you may know how to write, but you still cannot prove a
definable anything to write ABOUT.

Which is why I was hyping the degree program at JMU which requires you to choose a cognate area (legal studies, biology, chemistry, engineering, computer science, etc.), fulfill and internship in your cognate area, and serve on the Student Publications Group (which published most of JMU's catalogs, brochures, and web sites). When I left college, I had an impressive enough portfolio and enough experience behind me in computer science to be hired at $40,000+ and have never dropped below that rate or have had problems finding a job since. I admit, I still use some of the material from college in my portfolio today.

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