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TechComm and Translation to the Publishing Industry
By Laura Dragonette, Communications Manager ::::As someone who grew up in the Triangle area surrounded by a thriving community of techcomm, business, and science, I somehow ended up taking the creative route and moving to New York City to work in book publishing. I work in custom textbook publishing, to be specific, which is focused on creating textbooks that specifically fit a professor’s class needs. In my job, I find connections to what I’ve learned from the techcomm world on a daily basis. I’ve learned to expect the unexpected in custom, since you never know what the next professor might request. I think a key skill in any field of techcomm is problem solving; there’s always going to be something you’ve never done before, and you’ll ha
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From Pharmacy Technician to Hopeful Technical Writer
By Lisa Parys, STC Carolina Student Member ::::The first moment I read about technical writing, I was hooked. I remember thinking, "I could do that!" It sounded like the perfect career choice. When reading technical manuals and other documents I often thought about how to make the instructions more digestible. Other times I marvelled about how easy the writer made it for me to follow the instructions. Ever since then, I have been trying to get myself there. Technical writing will give me the chance to finally make a good salary from my writing. I would no longer need to struggle just to have the privilege of doing something that I enjoy — creating. I'd love to be able to make someone's life easier, even if just for one day. If reade
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Why You Should Join STC
By Jonah Schwartz, STC Carolina Student Member If you’re considering becoming a member of STC and are unsure if it’s worth your investment, lend me your ear, because I’d like to tell you about the benefit it’s given me and what I’ve achieved so far. I was once ambivalent about joining, but I wish I had pulled the trigger sooner. For just $75 (annual student membership), the price of a 55-gallon drum of coffee, within one semester, I have already gained many skills, experiences and built relationships I would not have otherwise. I returned to school to study Technical and Professional Communication at ECU after ten years of working in retail. This move assisted me in fulfilling a dream of entering the technical communication field. I’m doi
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Help Steer the Ship
By Sheila Loring, Associate Fellow ::::I cannot imagine my life without the STC Carolina chapter. Yes, I'm given to hyperbole, but this is not an exaggeration. From newsletter editor to president, chapter volunteer opportunities have given me the chance to meet many smart, kind, passionate technical communicators whom I otherwise wouldn't have met. Their enthusiasm for the profession is inspiring. To read more about my journey, visit What I've Learned as a Member of the STC. Why not stay home and read tech comm blogs and participate in Twitter conversations? Those learning and networking opportunities are poor replacements for chapter activity. Volunteer for the chapter and meet fellow writers. Interpersonal interaction is more memorable
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