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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
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