Too Much Degreed Talk

Subject: Too Much Degreed Talk
From: "Cheng, Derek" <Cderek -at- GATE-HAL -dot- PSD -dot- SYMBOL -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 1 Jun 1994 13:22:55 EDT

To anyone who found a way into technical communications, by corporate
wandering OR academic wandering OR desparate wandering, CONGRATULATIONS.

There are plenty of people out there without degrees or certificates, but
do damn good work. And there are plenty with "certification" who should
be working as infomercial operators.

There are many ways to "break into the business," none of which is
meaningful. If your company has hired you despite what your history was,
then THAT'S all history. If the company was honorable in why you were
selected, if they knew what they were getting into and still accept you,
that's what's important.

No institution can teach you all you need to know about anything.
Institutions can't change fast enough. Institutions aren't flexible
enough. If you have work, you should be grateful and flexible. If not,
you should be flexible and hopeful.

An education is valuable, but its not what makes a person good at what
they do. It's will.

This was not a flame, but a warm response.

/ A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents
/ You would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.
- Data's "Ode to Spot"

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