Student Interviews

Subject: Student Interviews
From: Lonie McMichael <loniemc -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:26 -0600

Hello, Techwhirlers:

My name is Dr. Lonie McMichael; I have been a member of Techwr-l on and off
since 1992. I used to work as a technical writer in the computer industry.

Right now, I am teaching a course called “Tools for Technical Writers” and
have given my students an assignment which involves interviewing technical
writers in the field. You may have seen an email or two from them already.
They are trying to understand what it will take to break into their chosen
field of work, the best way they might prepare, and what the REAL job is
like.

Since you folks taught me how to be a technical writer back in the 90s, I
thought you might be willing to help these students out. If you are
comfortable doing so, could you answer the following questions:

1) What type of writer are you? What type of work do you do?

2) How did you enter your field?

3) For students looking to enter the field, what kind of classes would
you suggest they take? What kind of knowledge would you suggest they
pursue? What should they know?

4) Do you have any suggestions for how to get a job in your field?

5) If a student would like more detail, are you comfortable being
contacted directly?

So many times, students are given theoretical information, but little
information about the real life of a technical writer. I’m trying to help
my students understand the job a bit more.

Thank you for your time and effort. Any information is appreciated.

--Lonie

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