Technical & Professional writing jobs are probably one of those career paths that you don't ever think about until you are at a certain place in life--because it's not like being a doctor or lawyer or teacher or fireman. No kid grows up saying, yeah, I want to write directions for a living. But technical and professional writing can be fun--no, I'm serious. It's a kind of nitty-gritty writing that makes change in the world. And that's pretty cool. It's a huge and varied field from the very technical (instructions on how to shut down a nuclear reactor) to the very whimsical (how to keep turkey's from attacking you). My point is, it's something to think about.
FOR TODAY'S ICRN, respond to this question: In what ways is "professional" or "technical" writing different from what I would call "student writing"--or writing for school? In what ways do you see it as similar? Finally, what can you take with you from "school writing" to "professional" settings?