Re: New slant: professionalism

Subject: Re: New slant: professionalism
From: Wayne Douglass <wayned -at- VERITY -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 09:50:13 -0700

At 09:16 AM 4/23/98 -0500, Jane Bergen wrote:

>If we expect technical communication to be taken seriously as a
>profession, we have to consider the following:
>* How many research studies, and books and articles on technical
>communication issues have you read in the past year?
>* Are you a member of a professional organization such as STC?
>* Do you attend conferences, workshops, etc. to keep up with the latest
>trends and technologies?
>* Have you pursued professional coursework in technical communication?
>Or do you think you just "know it" because your boss is satisfied?
>Sure you can be a technical writer without these things, but they're the
>mark of the professional. It's not a title or a paycheck or a position.
>If you don't take your profession seriously, how can you expect others
>to do so?
If this is what it takes, I'll keep my amateur status.

Wayne Douglass phone: 408-542-2139
Verity, Inc. FAX: 408-542-2040
894 Ross Road mailto:wayned -at- verity -dot- com
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

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