Description of Tech Writers

Subject: Description of Tech Writers
From: "Oja, Kelly" <Kelly -dot- Oja -at- Kingland -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2002 08:21:16 -0600

Alas, I decided to start a new thread today. I have just completed my
requirements for my degree in Scientific and Technical Communications at the
University of Minnesota. I went back to college at the age of 26 and I am
now the ripe age of 30. Anyway, one thing I am constantly asked by people is
what my degree is all about and what I will do with it. I try to explain
about technical writing/documentation/message design/etc., and hear a
variety of responses depending on the person asking the question.

Okay, back to what I wanted to ask of you. I am curious of what people say
to you. The best comment I heard was from one of my cousins. I told him my
degree was in the Department of Rhetoric, and he said, "So, you're going to
get a BS in BS."

Because our field is not known of by a majority of the populous, I
constantly find coming up with unique replies to inquiries.


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