During the month of January, I had the pleasure of meeting with Tech Comm students at UNT. The discussion revolved around simple questions that took me on a journey through my entire career. There are many factors that affect the paths that we take and how satisfied and successful we become. The turning point in my story was passion.
I recall how my first part time job, a physics teaching assistant, and why it made me switch careers from the expected computer engineer to a technical communicator. It was my passion to present a topic that I loved (electronics class 101) to a group of people who could not understand it. I rewrote the class notes and sat with my students to make sure the information was easier to understand. Nowadays, this is called audience analysis and gathering feedback.
As we journey together this year, I encourage you to stay tuned to upcoming events, get plugged as a mentor or mentee, and explore and jump into the new challenges and opportunities that come your way.