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At 01:26 PM 7/14/99 -0400, Mark Baker <mbaker -at- omnimark -dot- com> wrote:
>Note that, in many cases, employers will be impressed by any evidence of
>technical skill, even outside their area of work, because they see it as
>evidence of the ability to learn technical subjects.
What Mark says is quite true in my experience - even though my
graduate degrees are in English, my undergrad is a B.S. in chemical
engineering, and I know for a fact that when potential employers see
that, they take it to mean that I can learn whatever I don't already know
about their app. And that's exactly why I stress the ability-to-learn
approach rather than the knowledge-in-hand approach. You do,
as Mark has aptly pointed out, need ways to demonstrate that you
can learn the necessary material - learning a technical skill is one
way, but I suspect there are other ways in.
Marie C. Paretti, PhD
Manager, Technical Communications
Recognition Research, Inc. (RRI)
1750 Kraft Drive, Suite 2000
Blacksburg, VA 24060
mparetti -at- rrinc -dot- com http://www.rrinc.com