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If my colleague is still interested in a course, perhaps you could
recommend one of those first-rate companies.
My colleague is interested in acquiring self-editing skills, not in
editing others' work. CareerTrack's course claims to be appropriate for
this purpose, but I suspect that other companies might serve it better.
From: Chris Morton
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2012 1:43 PM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: CareerTrack reviews?
I was a presenter for two companies in the seminar business back in the
'90s. I followed CareerTrack as best as I could, thinking that they may
be a future employer of mine should the need ever arise to jump ship.
Through my own informal study of them, I determined that that theirs was
a third-rate program when compared to the companies with which I was
affiliated. Ultimately, it became readily apparent that it would have
been a huge comedown to ever have hooked up with them.
Once I left the seminar field, my wife took one of their courses (I
forget the title) and was underwhelmed. Her experience confirmed
everything that I had long suspected about CareerTrack.
I believe your cohort would be far better served to do a self-study,
relying on published volumes. Then he (she) should equip himself with
the standard volumes, e.g., *Chicago Manual of Style*, *Strunk & White*,
*The Gregg Reference Manual*, et al.
I believe that the best proofreaders inherently possess the skill and
cannot really be trained (except in relation to certain grammar
If he is a regular newspaper/website reader and can instantly spot
errors without trying, then proofreading is a good avenue for him. If he
has to pick it up from scratch and--as an adult--is not already both
detail-oriented and a bit of a "grammar snob", then he shouldn't
consider this role. The best proofreaders are also avid readers, being
the type who most often has his nose into some printed material if
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