Re: Tech Comm Degrees: Additional learning needed?

Subject: Re: Tech Comm Degrees: Additional learning needed?
From: "Jelinek, Jennifer" <JJelinek -at- PLYMOUTHWATER -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 10:36:57 -0600

Matt Danda wrote (in response to Ron Brown's asking how far his Tech
Comm degree will take him):

In fact, I would recommend getting out of
school (preferrably with a degree) and working as soon as you
Nothing teaches you more about being a technical writer than
good ole
OJT. If you need to go back later for some more technical
training, so
be it. But first get to work! ;)

I can't agree more. I've been of school a little over a year now, and
I've been finding out about all kinds of potential career moves that
your college career counselors wouldn't even think of mentioning. Not
only does working pay the bills (a nice fringe benefit ;>)), but it also
gives you the opportunity to find out what you do and do not want to do
for the rest of your life. Then you can decide if you want to get a
master's and in what subject area, or if technical training or seminars
would be more beneficial. You may decide you want a greater technical
background, or you may decide (like I did) that the "communication"
aspect of tech comm is where you'd like to gain more knowledge. Either
way, you won't find out until you're in the "real world", immersed in
your career.

My 2 cents.

PS Thanks for those who gave advice about Department Guidelines. A
summary is forthcoming (hopefully by end of week).
Jennifer Jelinek
Marketing Services Manager
Plymouth Products, Inc. Sheboygan, WI
jjelinek -at- plymouthwater -dot- com

> Oh, you don't necessarily need a technical degree...just the interest

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