Premiere Date:Thursday, May 05, 2005
This episode, "Reading for a Purpose", looks at what people read at work, why they read, and how they use what they read to do their jobs. The documentary section presents people in very different kinds of jobs, such as shippers, pharmacists, and musicians, and what kinds of reading they do every day. People read to get information, learn new skills, and stay informed on new policies. An important factor is the purpose for reading. It's suggested to skim over long documents or manuals looking for guides or key words to see how the information is organized. There are two stories in the dramatic segments. In one scenario an employee at a music store learns how to string and play guitar by looking in a music book. The second story involves employees at an automotive garage reading pamphlets and parts manuals.