Re: Career changer vs. entry level

Subject: Re: Career changer vs. entry level
From: Tracy Boyington <tracy_boyington -at- OKVOTECH -dot- ORG>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 13:32:01 -0600

Wayne Douglass wrote:

> There used to be a public service ad with the slogan: "Nobody says 'I want
> to be a drug addict when I grow up.'" Nobody says "I want to be a technical
> writer when I grow up" either.

If I had known what technical writers were, I would have wanted to be
one. I didn't find out they existed until I was in college, taking
English classes as electives because I loved them but avoiding English
as a major because I didn't want to teach (which is all you can do with
an English degree, right? <grin>). One of my English professors said
"you should be an English major!" and asked me to talk to the dept
advisor. She gave me a brochure about technical writing and I was
hooked. I would have saved a lot of time if, somewhere during those
career-exploration activities in high school, somebody had shown me that

Of course, now I find out that when I realized I wanted to be a
technical writer, I should have changed my major to history. ;->

Tracy Boyington tracy_boyington -at- okvotech -dot- org
Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education
Stillwater, OK, USA

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