Re: Student Interviews

Subject: Re: Student Interviews
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:30:10 -0700

On 4/16/2012 2:33 PM, Lonie McMichael wrote:

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.

I think you meant 1993.

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

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:

I think the parallels between this post and one from the first month of TechWr-L give rise to the sense, "of the more things change; the more they stay the same."

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?

You should probably include questions of educational background before and after entering the field, years and type of experience before entering and in the field, and general satisfaction in the field.

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