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Take computer classes that teach word and data processing programs, presentation programs, and how to use Internet search engines. Any class offered by your high school or public library on information retrieval will familiarize you with database searches and such services as Dialog, Lexis/Nexis, and Dow Jones. English and composition courses will teach you to organize information and write clearly. Speech and theater classes will help you develop the skills to give presentations in front of clients. Journalism classes and working on your high school newspaper will involve you directly in information retrieval and writing. Advanced English classes will teach you the basics of composition and writing. Learning a foreign language (such as Spanish) will help to become adept at searching for information in other languages, which will increase your appeal to potential clients. Since many information brokers work as freelancers, you should take classes that will help you operate your business such as accounting, mathematics, advertising, marketing, and business management.
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