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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:Steven Jong <stevefjong -at- comcast -dot- net> Date:Thu, 27 Oct 2011 10:49:44 -0700
I had already been a manager for a number of years before these discussions
began in earnest, and since every interview I've had for the past 15 year or
so has concentrated less on my ability to do hands-on documentation than on
my ability to recruit, train and manage writers and their projects, I've
always approached the question of writer certification from the POV of a
hiring manager. I've also tried to put myself in the heads of my own
managers, who are usually engineering or product managers or corporate
executives who don't have my own documentation experience. I've never
expected writer certification to do anything for my own career, except
perhaps to help me maintain my image as a talent scout. So any comments I
make on the subject should be viewed from that perspective.
On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 10:20 AM, Steven Jong <stevefjong -at- comcast -dot- net>wrote:
> Of all the surveys STC ever took on the question of certification, the only
> one that didn't show majority support was a survey of fellows and associate
> fellows. In my opinion, one of the reasons certification was stalled for so
> many years is that the leadership, which was then (as now) heavily
> represented by such senior practitioners, didn't see the value of
> certification for themselves.
> In a sense, we only made progress when we stopped listening to folks like
> you (and me) 8^)
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