Obsession with University Degrees? -Reply

Subject: Obsession with University Degrees? -Reply
From: Bill Sullivan <bsullivan -at- SMTPLINK -dot- DELTECPOWER -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 1996 17:07:05 -0700

>My opinion is that employers are missing out on a lot of incredibly
gifted people because they think someone who has spent four years
learning to think like the rest of his/her class is better... (I'm
sorry - I'm a tad biased as some of my 'degree' people have proved to
be as about as creative as a bar of soap with thought processes to
match)

Funny. I was thinking this very thing the other day when Robert
Plamondon insisted to Peter Ring that we all should study technical
illustration. I think you are right, but it is a truth that nobody
understands. To be a tech writer, you need a certain fire, a certain
compulsion to explain and describe things. It's good to explain
things the way a drunk drinks, compulsively, without thinking about
it, staying up late, getting up early, missing meals because it's
what you do. Education is ancillary.

Education, however, is what companies know. I believe, however, that
there are still a lot of managers in the world who value what I call
"fire." A person just has to be lucky enough to find them.

Bill Sullivan
bsullivan -at- deltecpower -dot- com
San Diego, California


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