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> Good question, Kelly, and Sue gave a great answer. However, with our
> industry changing so rapidly, I'm not sure it's wise to invest the time
> necessary to get another degree as I'm not confident that academia can
> keep up with current technology.
> Noted economist Paul Zane Pilzer points out that technical revolutions
> currently occur once every six years and in the future, they'll happen
> even faster. This is the result of rapidly increasing communication,
> both in breadth and in speed. That being the case, by the time one
> got a degree, their knowledge would be outdated.
> Other businesses have stated that while experience is important,
> they're more interested in employees and consultants who are adaptable,
> flexible, and can easily and readily learn and assimilate new information
> and technology. It's more a matter of what you are willing and able
> to know/learn vs what's you already do. (Check out Tom Peter's latest,
> "Crazy Times Call for Crazy Organizations." Great stuff and he discusses
> several high-tech companies and their strategies for business as
> well as their human resources.)
> The key might be self-education -- reading books, newsletters, online
> info, trade mags -- and once you find a subject of particular interest,
> investigate it more thoroughly and find methods to use your knowledge
> in an experiencial manner.
> Gina Jerome
> gina -at- roark -dot- itg -dot- ti -dot- com
> From ??? -at- ??? Sun Jan 00 00:00:00 0000=
> > Kelly Burhenne wonders...
> > >
> > > If you could go to school for anything right now, starting with a
> > > clean slate, what would you like to get your degree in (assuming you
> > > are presently a Tech Writer and cost isn't an issue).
> > >
> > I guess I'd have to say either cognitive science or
> > instructional design. I see a lot of really exciting
> > things happening in user interface design and multi-
> > media instructional approaches that would benefit from
> > knowing how people learn what they learn.
> > Is this a test????
> > Sue Gallagher
> > StarBase Corp, Irvine CA
> > sgallagher -at- starbasecorp -dot- com