Re: Career Choice and Degree

Subject: Re: Career Choice and Degree
From: Robert Plamondon <robert -at- PLAMONDON -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 1995 08:59:30 PDT

An engineering degree is a wonderful asset to a technical writer. Even if
you've forgotten everything you learned in school, the fact that you
posess such a sheepskin gives you instant credibility with just about

I've found that many very effective technical writers started out as
engineering technicians. This gave them valuable hands-on experience
in the industry, daily contact with the product development process,
and invaluable skills that are summarized by one writer I know as
"babysitting the engineers."

Those seem to be the paths that make the subsequent technical writing
career pretty straightforward. Both ease the culture shock of a
sudden total immersion in engineering culture.

-- Robert

Robert Plamondon * Writer * robert -at- plamondon -dot- com * (408) 321-8771
4271 North First Street, #106 * San Jose * California * 95134-1215
"Writing is like plumbing -- even people who know how to do it will
pay top dollar to keep their hands clean."

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