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What you say is largely consistent with what I say. A degree helps. A
lot. But it's not an absolute measure.
Somewhere out there is a complex mathematical formula where your degree,
your experience, and the degree to which you've proven your worth come
out to some sort of constant. Without a degree, it may be harder to get
into management or what have you. That just means having to work twice
as hard. Many blacks, Hispanics, women, or [fill in minority group of
choice here] have known this for a long time: when you're at a
disadvantage, make up for it with bulletproof work.
It's not perfect, and it doesn't work for everyone, but neither does a
Let's just say that I've consistently produced work that kicks x amount
of ass, and a co-worker who started around the same time as me
consistently produced work that kicks 0.8*x amount of ass. If I get
passed over for that co-worker, how long do you think I'll stay at that
Meritocracy is where it's at. If you don't give it to me, I move on --
'cause I've worked hard to make sure that someone will appreciate my
Technical Communication Warrior - Product Integration
Positron Public Safety Systems Inc.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
e-mail: etownsend -at- positron -dot- qc -dot- ca
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kristian Rickard [SMTP:K -dot- Rickard -at- TTACS -dot- TTU -dot- EDU]
> Sent: Friday, December 04, 1998 5:05 PM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: Re: Degree
> >>>>*In the time I've been here, I've seen this topic repeatedly die
> back to life like some undead monster. I think it's incredibly clear
> that a
> degree helps considerably, but isn't a necessity. How many more
> have to die to make this point?<<<<
> I do not dispute the fact that a degree is not needed to get started
> in the
> field, but I wonder if there is a *ceiling* on Tech Writers/Tech
> Communicators if they do not have a degree.
> In other words, can those without degrees move into management (if
> they so
> desire)? Or since they do not have degrees, can they not? Or does it
> longer to move into management, for instance? Does it take longer to
> themselves* since they don't have a degree before they move into
> or does a degree help prove that they are capable for them? A degree
> clearly not necessary, but does it become a necessity in order to
> up/forward* in the field?
> My hypothesis is that a degree, particularly an advanced degree does
> tech writers/tech communicators move forward in their field...
> Kristian Rickard
> Multimedia/Instructional Designer
> Texas Tech University
> College of Engineering
> Box 43103
> Lubbock, TX 79409-3103
> K -dot- Rickard -at- ttu -dot- edu