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Mastering Computers was acquired by Platinum Technologies, then CA a number
of years ago and was subsequently disemboweled.
Still, I doubt the CareerTrack seminar would offer much value when compared
to self-study and subscribing to a few RSS feeds devoted to this topic.
On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 10:59 AM, Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com
> 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.
> -----Original Message-----
> 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
> eating alone.
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