Making it big without a degree

Subject: Making it big without a degree
From: Ken d'Albenas <kendal -at- AUTOTROL -dot- CUC -dot- AB -dot- CA>
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 1993 17:56:53 MST

Patrick O'Connell <OCONNELL -at- DEV -dot- EICON -dot- QC -dot- CA> asked:

> - IYHO or in your personal experience, how serious a limitation is it
> to be sans degree, even if you're extremely capable, highly technically
> knowledgeable, and pour all your creative energy into your job?

> - Are there people out there who've made it big without the sheepskin?

Coincidentally, a co-worker (sorry, the hyphen stays) just handed me
the following clipping from the Calgary Herald. As if in answer to
Patrick's question, here's one pre-teen dropout who's done pretty well
in both TV/print journalism and publishing by the age of 18.

"Take punctuation. When you have to take a breath, that's
where the comma should go. When you light a cigarette, put a
dash; and when you go to the toilet, it has to be a colon."
-- The elements of style, according to British writer
Caitlin Moran, who left school at 11 and now, at 18,
has her own column and television show in London and
is about to publish her second novel, "Kisses, Dreams,
and Amphetamines"


Ken d'Albenas
Replies to: kendal -at- autotrol -dot- cuc -dot- ab -dot- ca
(NOT Kendal Stitzel, he's a kensti. And they hyphenate.)

There's more than one answer to these questions,
Pointing me in a crooked line.
- Indigo Girls


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