Re: Educational areas to pursue

Subject: Re: Educational areas to pursue
From: Jan Henning <henning -at- r-l -dot- de>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 19:48:04 +0100

Make sure the educational routes you pursue enhance YOUR skills and
career, not just satisfy the employer.

Huh? That doesn't make any sense. The reason you improve your skills is to
satisfy employers and become more employable. If you pursue only those skills
you deem as valuable, then you will not, necessarily be more employable.

Note that Beth said "the employer" - i.e., the current employer asking you to learn something -, not "potential employers"*. And this makes a lot of sense: You could learn skills that are valuable for your current employer but for few others.

For example, when you're working in a small company, your employer might want you to learn graphics applications (Illustrator, Corel Draw, stuff like that) so as to be able to do the graphics inhouse. This makes obvious sense for the employer, but may be less helpful for yourself if you really think of yourself as writer and not a layout dabbler.

Also, if you intend to look for pure writing jobs, knowing illustrator does not significantly enhance your chances of landing one. If you had spent the time, say, learning a new development in your field of expertise, it might have improved your employability by a lot more.

Jan Henning

* Note, too, that she said "JUST the employer".

Jan Henning
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