RE: Mixed messages @ grad school; WAS Re: How often is your resume read on job boards?

Subject: RE: Mixed messages @ grad school; WAS Re: How often is your resume read on job boards?
From: "Sean Brierley" <sbri -at- haestad -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 11:54:41 -0400


So, what school was this?

Academia versus real world is the tech writer battle of evermore, isn't
it? As an observation, I would say that our colleges and universities
seem to need a jump-start when it comes to preparing technical writers,
if not others, for the real world.

Cheers,

Sean

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Sean Brierley
Software Documentation Specialist
Haestad Methods
http://www.haestad.com
203-805-0572 (voice)
203-597-1488 (fax)

-----Original Message-----
From: Amy Smith/Westford/IBM [mailto:amy_smith -at- us -dot- ibm -dot- com]

I attended the same graduate program as Bonnie. However, I was already
employed as a technical writer, and had solid experience with telecom,
LANs, and Internet engineering.

In all fairness to Bonnie (with whom I have worked and agree with Keith
C
that she is a fine editor and writer), the program underwent some
faculty
changes and upheavals during our tenure there. The faculty, overall, is
very good, and is comprised of professors with only academic experience
and adjunct faculty who have been in the trenches (Hi, Marguerite!).
However, the program takes its tone from its leadership, and during
most
of our tenure there, the program director was more oriented towards
writing and communication skills.

If memory serves, I remember being frustrated with the 'pure' academic
types.

Yadda.


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