“Technical Writing is my dream job.” How often have we heard that phrase?
Last month, I was fortunate enough to speak to the students at the Department of Technical Communication at the University of North Texas. As excited as I was to interact with the next generation of technical communicators, I was also thrilled to see their passion and love for the industry.
Indeed, for many, technical writing is their dream job. I wanted to know why?
The reasons were many. They want to be at the forefront of documenting the newest technology, working with the brightest minds but, most of all, it is to create content that enables users to accomplish whatever tasks they need to achieve. With that as their goal, the students are eager to learn in school and beyond.
As I reflect, besides the many avenues, the one that has helped me the most has been my mentors and coaches. With this same intention, the NTLSC chapter launched a mentoring program last year. The program has continued to grow as we work with our local universities to mentor technical communications students.
Our mentoring program aims to prepare students to enter the professional world and put their best foot forward.
If you are an STC member and interested in mentoring a student, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about our mentoring program, please visit http://stcdfw.org/mentoring-program/.
We would love to have you on board.