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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:"Porrello, Leonard" <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com> Date:Thu, 27 Oct 2011 10:03:20 -0700
I'm not talking about degrees here. It's a given for me that the person
contemplating submitting his/her application for certification already has a
degree and has moved past the initial gating point to enter the profession,
since the cert process doesn't even have a "writer in training" category for
students or new grads. I'm talking about spending the time, effort and
money on some post-grad continuing education related to the working domain
and which "certificate," STC or training completion, would provide the
biggest bang for the buck on a resume. IOW, Tech Comm bachelors + STC
certification, or Tech Comm bachelors + cert in C++ Programming or
On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 9:40 AM, Porrello, Leonard
<lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>wrote:
> While most of Steve's arguments are cogent, the certification vs. degree
> ROI argument is specious. Having a degree is a gating factor for the vast
> majority of tech writing jobs. Without a degree, you don't even get an
> interview. So while certification may make a degreed writer more attractive
> (and be particularly important for someone with a degree in engineering or
> science), for those writing jobs that do not require a degree, certification
> is arguably not going to make a difference. In short, certification can't
> stand on its own. Granted that, you can't factor its value alongside
> criteria that do stand alone.
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