Re: Entry-level requirements

Subject: Re: Entry-level requirements
From: Mark Baker <mbaker -at- OMNIMARK -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 13:55:59 -0500

Elna Tymes writes:

>2. A degree in something that the person found challenging. The degree
>should probably NOT be in technical writing - we're after people who
>know how to learn on their own, not people who have simply learned

I would agree absolutely with this. For me a degree or a diploma in
technical writing earns a resume a pretty much automatic trip to the "no"
pile. A good writer is someone who is interested in things. I find it hard
to imagine why someone who has the active interest in things around them
that would make them a good tech writer would not have sought a degree in
some substantial subject area. I look for people with a degree in the
humanities and a real interest in technology. If they don't have the basic
computer skills they are unsuitable, not because the computer skill are hard
to teach, but because anyone with a sufficient interest in technology will
certainly already have them.

In my experience, the degrees which correlate well to success as a tech
writer are history, theology, psychology, and sociology. Those which
correlate least are English and technical writing.
Mark Baker
Manager, Corporate Communications
OmniMark Technologies Corporation
1400 Blair Place
Gloucester, Ontario
Canada, K1J 9B8
Phone: 613-745-4242
Fax: 613-745-5560
Email mbaker -at- omnimark -dot- com

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