Re: University degree

Subject: Re: University degree
From: kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 06:16:42 -0600

Beena asks:
>if a Technical writer with 3 + years of experience wants a break
>thorugh in US technical writing field. is it essential to have a
>MAsters degree(any degree) in Technical writing?


One of the advantages of this field is that there is NOT an ironclad set
of criteria that make you "officially qualified" to be a tech writer.

That may change, but first a lot of us mutts from all walks of life will
have to die or retire. <g>

The degree won't hurt, but the thing _I_ would look at when considering
whether to hire you is the 3+ years of experience you mentioned. I want
somebody that knows how to DO this stuff, not just somebody who's taken a
lot of classes about it.

Keith Cronin

who got into tech writing armed with a music degree, some truck driving
experience, and a couple semesters of computer-oriented community college

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