Re: Writing and Thinking (was English Majors)

Subject: Re: Writing and Thinking (was English Majors)
From: Lisa Ann Miller <lisamil -at- ANET-STL -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 09:00:27 -0600

Dave wrote:
"And it would be foolish to ignore all of the other
well-qualified job-seekers with a Technical Writing or Computer
Science degree."

Where in the world did I say this? Quality is quality. I was merely
limiting my discussion to the quality of English training in regards to
technical writing. I cannot speak for these other disciplines directly.

Lisa Miller
Technical Writer
St. Louis, Missouri
lisamil -at- anet-stl -dot- com

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From: David Demyan[SMTP:dbdemyan -at- worldnet -dot- att -dot- net]
Sent: Sunday, February 21, 1999 2:01 PM
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
Subject: Re: Writing and Thinking (was English Majors)

Lisa Ann Miller wrote:
"A final thought on English and Technical Writing. If there are recruiters
(and I know there are) on this list, the field of English students is ripe
for the picking in terms of recruitment as Technical Writers."

Lisa, as a member of three groups you mentioned (ex-English major,
Technical Writer, and recruiter), I agree that good candidates come
from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many of the good candidates for
consultants whose resumes I see have a degree in English or
Journalism. And it would be foolish to ignore all of the other
well-qualified job-seekers with a Technical Writing or Computer
Science degree. In fact, I feel lucky to belong to a profession where
such a variety of backgrounds and experiences can be of value.

I would never discourage someone interested in entering the field
from pursuing an English degree. I would, however, also encourage
them to seek credits in a technical discipline or look to gain technical
experience.

Dave.
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David B. Demyan Mendem Concord, Inc.
Toll Free: (888) 753-8500 Technical Writers
FAX: (908) 756-0129 Document Conversions
dbd -at- mendem -dot- com http://www.mendem.com
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