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Subject:Re: Educational areas to pursue From:Andrew Plato <gilliankitty -at- yahoo -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Tue, 25 Feb 2003 12:26:43 -0800 (PST)
--- Paul DuBois <paul -at- kitebird -dot- com> wrote:
> > > I'll give you an example. I once worked a project that required that I
> > > write about Windows. I don't like Windows, but I had to learn stuff
> > > it I didn't know in order to complete the project. Did that increase my
> > > technical competence about Windows? Of course. Did I like learning
> > > it? No. The more I know about Windows, the more I *don't* like it.
> > > But my desire to avoid Windows has nothing to do with my general
> > > as a writer.
> > Yes it does...it makes you generally less competent to document Windows
> It does NOT. Remember, I learned what I needed to, as requested. I did
> what my employer asked. That doesn't mean I have to *like* the thing
> I was learning about. You seem to think that the mere opporunity to
> learn something new is something to jump at. (Perhaps I'm putting words
> in your mouth here, but that's the sense I get from your postings.)
> I don't agree. There's a lot of things I'd like to know about, given
> the time. There are a lot I couldn't care less about, no matter how
> much time I have.
Some of the things you couldn't care less about, employers DO care about.
And yes, I think people should jump at opportunities to learn new things. I
also believe in being open minded about technologies.
I am suggesting that when presented with an educational opportunity, people
think long and hard before they dismiss it. Dismissing (rejecting or having a
generally sour attitude toward) that opportunity may have negative
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