Re: STC certification: what's in it for tech writers?

Subject: Re: STC certification: what's in it for tech writers?
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 13:18:51 -0700

IMO this would be something worth thinking about. Some of the negative
reactions I see to TC students and entry level writers who post what their
instructors have told them to "always" or "never" do suggest to me that a
process in which members of the profession with real-world experience
evaluate the knowledge and skills of new grads or people from other
occupations who want to break into the field might be of more value than a
bunch of us old curmudgeons taking pokes at each others' portfolios. I've
spent a lot of my working time over the years "fixing" previous doc attempts
made by non-writers or inexperienced new writers, but have really not been
in very many situations where departing writers with any substantial amount
of industry experience left behind work that I determined to be substandard.

Gene Kim-Eng


On Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 12:59 PM, Dan Goldstein <
DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com> wrote:

> STC designed the cert process for TWs with experience and proven skills
> (AKA "curmudgeonly skeptics"). Unfortunately for STC, those with the most to
> gain from betting on an unproven cert process are the inexperienced TWs
> looking for a leg up in the hiring process. Maybe the cert process could be
> tweaked to be more accessible for young guinea pigs.
>
> (At these prices, Richard's use of "betting" is especially appropriate.)
>
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Re: STC certification: what's in it for tech writers?: From: Steven Jong
Re: STC certification: what's in it for tech writers?: From: Milan Davidović
RE: STC certification: what's in it for tech writers?: From: Combs, Richard
RE: STC certification: what's in it for tech writers?: From: Dan Goldstein

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