RE: Certification is absurd

Subject: RE: Certification is absurd
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 18:02:44 -0400

> I call no fairsies! :)
> John, you forgot to leave in this important bit from my message:
> "I think that continual education is great. Heck, I've been
> doing it my
> whole career. That's how I have progressed in my profession
> and in life.
> But I don't need a piece of paper to state that as they may very well
> undervalue me."

Sorry, Dan...I feel like a left fielder during batting practice...they're
coming faster than I can handle them and still get done today at work that I
committed to. I'm just trying to keep this thread going, I think it is
important to our field, regardless of which way it goes.

Don't get me wrong...I don't have all the answers.

> This is how I've stayed relevant as I've learned about training, QA,
> .Net, server monitoring software, how to run a support department,
> accounting, etc...

ya gotta admit...not everyone is like that, are they?

> And I'm still not sure how certification will take into account the
> bazillion (I know, I've counted) fields tech writing is applicable.
> Surely you don't suggest that this certification will
> teach/test writers
> on everything from medicinal applications to front loaders to
> web-based
> technologies?

No, of course not. However, I'll bet if you looked that the bazillion
fields, you would fine some things in common and some not. The things in
common are what cert should cover PRECISELY because they are in common. It's
a skill that everyone needs. The problem is that only the writers that see
this as a profession for the rest of their lives know those skills AND are
really good at them.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer
jposada -at- book -dot- com
NY: 212-414-6656
Dayton: 732-438-3372
"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream
of things that never were, and ask why not?"
-----Robert Francis Kennedy, 1968 presidential campaign

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