What software to learn?

Subject: What software to learn?
From: Rebecca Price <beccap -at- RUST -dot- NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Dec 1998 17:46:21 -0500

A friend of mine has been doing graphic design for many years... but
not using computers. She's realized that she needs to learn the tools
to upgrade her skills so she can find better (and better paying) jobs.
Consequently, she's looking into going to our local jr. college (which
has a very good reputation locally for job-retraining and adult
continuing education, btw) and taking some courses. She can probably
afford only one semester as a full-time student, and wants to target
classes that will make her most employable fastest.

She knows she wants to take a class on designing and publishing on the

Her prob is, there are 5 other classes she really wants to take... and
can only take 4 of them. (the intro/advanced classes are 1/2 a
semester of the introductory class, and 1/2 a semester of the advanced
Her choices are:

* intro and advanced MS Word
* intro and advanced PageMaker
* intro and advanced Quark
* intro and advanced Illustrator
* intro and advanced PhotoShop

I've been recommending that Quark be the one she drops; she's
reluctant, and
thinks maybe she should drop PageMaker.

My question is, if you saw a job application with 4 of the 5 of these
tools listed, which 4 would you find most enticing?

We need to know soonest; they're already registering for Winter term.

Becca Price
beccap -at- rust -dot- net

"Wisdom begins when you discover the difference between 'That doesn't
make sense' and "I don't understand.' "

Children of God, by Mary Doria Russell; pg 142-143

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