Re: Entry-level requirements

Subject: Re: Entry-level requirements
From: Liam Wickham <liam -at- NWPEOPLE -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 10:03:11 +0000

John Prince wrote:
> First, I would want someone who has a degree in a "writing" field.
> Subject matter is much easier learned than is good writing.

I'm interested in this point. Here in the UK, it's very difficult to
pick a degree and say "hey that's a TW degree". In my experience there
is a severe shortage of TW courses of any kind. Anybody help me out

> Third, I would want for someone that is outgoing. Most people seem to
> think that TWs are introverted. I graduated with a degree in Public
> Relations and I can tell you that it has paid off in this field...

Yes, I absolutely agree here. I started my TW career as a 'Document and
Training Officer'. I was made an offer on the basis of my education and
previous experience:
My BA in Psychology with Computing was seen as a very positive degree -
it meant that I understood how to perform user surveys, I was familiar
with interview techniques and it has come in extremely useful in
coercing and charming my fellow workers as I try to grab the info I need
to get these manuals up to scratch and still meet deadlines. I was a
teacher and Head of an A-Level Psychology department before this job, so
I'm not typical of an entry-level graduate.

What do other people see as the best way to start off as a TW in the UK?



Liam Wickham Senior Technical Author
Network People International Ltd.

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