The article written by Andre and Schneider in 2004, states some of the major differences between the academic and workplace writings. In academia, students write to demonstrate their knowledge in the subject matter and to achieve good grades (Tebeaux and Dragga, 2012). In workplace writing is a major way to document the work and achieve their job goals. (Tebeaux and Dragga, 2012).
Students writing academically have only course instructors as their audience. In the academic writing, students only face their instructors as their audience. The writing and explanations are highly dependent on the course material and directions from the instructor. Writing in workplace setting requires superior knowledge of the context at the job, as well as they have wide range of audiences. The writing in workplace is usually more concise and focuses on the main ideas. The academic writing tends to be more detailed oriented and is highly opinionated (Andre and Schneider, 2004).
There are many different genres of writing in workplace. It can be short and concise like in emails and short messages but can also be more detailed oriented as in official reports and presentations. Last summer, I worked with one of the major financial institution and there are varieties of different writings involved. I can easily relate to many students mentioned in the article of Andre and Schneider. It is always challenging to not be opinionated because lot of documents in financial industry deals with procedures and policies of the institution. They not only impact the company internally but also the clients of that company.
The readers at workplace are not committed to reading your writing material if it does not relate to their job role directly. Where as instructors in academia, have to read the materials produced by the students and provide them with relevant suggestions. The readings at work have to be interesting and useful to the readers. Emails are the most important mean to keep the staff updated of the changes in any policies or procedures. These emails are sent to everyone even if that does not impact their job role. The writing in email depends on the audience and has to be more concise and easy to understand for anyone working, even the staff not properly trained in background knowledge. The challenges of such writings involved the assumption that audience is well aware of the subject matter. The technical language used in these emails were not defined but was assumed that everyone is equipped with the knowledge to grasp the concept of these writings.
The other form of writing that I came across was creating meeting minutes. These involved explanations and detailed accounts introduced in the meeting, therefore had to be clear and easy to understand for those who missed the meeting. They included references...