Re: Jobs

Wade Tarzia (tarzia@UCONNVM.UCONN.EDU)
Tue, 15 Oct 1996 08:50:10 -0400

> Just a gripe in general - computer programs for most things are
>not "learned" very efficiently or effectively "in a week." It drives me
>nuts to hear people say they could learn and use specific programs,
>especially graphics ones, in a short time. If that were true, then
>everyone would be doing it! Using those tools requires more than just a
>short prep period.

--- Well, true in some cases, esp. in graphics. But the move to MS Word to
WordPerfect (ie, staying within word processing) isn't so bad, and the
basics could be learned in a week. I've done it. (I *had* to because I
said I could to the prospective employer). The assumption is, that you
already know one modern word processing program very well before shiftng to
another. Most graduate students would, I think. And any way, heed my
advice, grad students and undergrads -- go out and learn those things!
Now! Doing a term paper? Get a graphics program and produce your own
graphics. Go to the computer lab and learn to scan and insert a photograph
into your paper. Draw maps with MacDrawPro (etc.), fiddle with color
printers, do all these things. They will extend the time needed for your
papers, but the experience could be valuable later. *Will* be valuable,
rather! -- wt