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> Recap: Janet noted her school's profs failed to tell her
> about the TW tools of the trade -- it read as if they simply
> failed her, period.
> Suggestion (based upon experience): TWs, especially those in
> hiring positions, need to get back to the schools and let
> the department chairs know the grads are/are not prepared
> for ''real world'' work. Be specific. ''Your grads can't
But another all-too-familiar problem with tech writing academics is
that very few have actually WORKED as tech writers themselves. They
may have done a little consulting here or there, possibly even a
contract job... but little "real world" experience. Most universities
are more concerned about the PhD and publishing than about hiring
instructors who know what they're doing.
"my opinions are my own..."
Jane Bergen, Technical Writer
AnswerSoft, Inc. Plano, TX
janeb -at- airmail -dot- net