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Are you a tech writer or an educator, Tim?
p.s. Original message deliberately not deleted.
To: Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L
Date: Thursday, July 20, 1995 12:50PM
The people who pay the technical writers, or any other writer for that
for a particular job seem to care very little about a degree, rather they
concerned with can the person they are hiring complete--efficiently and
In talking to a technical engineer yesterday, he expressed disdain for
academics--yes, there is probable a slight prejudice here--who are not
in the "real world." His concern is that he is going to throw a pile of
documents at you and can the tech writer make a manual out of it. He really
isn't concerned over educational history of the tech writer. Granted, the
degree may get a person's foot in the door, but if that person can't do the
or has no relevant experience that fact will be discovered quickly.