RE: Technical Writing Certificate

Subject: RE: Technical Writing Certificate
From: "Latella, Vincent" <VINCENT -dot- LATELLA -at- saic -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2009 09:45:13 -0400

"I think you should research at the market value of a "certificate" as
opposed to a degree of some kind. Frankly, I wouldn't enter any
certificate program unless there is a guarantee that I could later
progress to at least an AA degree. I admit this is colored by my
experience. Back in the late 80s, I got a certificate as an electronics
technician, and found out the hard way that it was so much waste paper.
Employers wouldn't even consider me for an assembly line job unless I
had an AA, which I had to go back and get after several months of
fruitless job hunting. Your mileage with a certificate may be better in
your area, but I think you should check into it first anyway. Just in
case."



Keith,
Just out of curiosity, would you say that the same holds true for
someone who already has a degree (or even a semi-relevant advanced
degree)?

Not all people going for a TW certificate are new to the field or
without any other credentials.

I think that certificates might be a great alternative for the right
person.

Regards,
Vin




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