Letter From The Editors

In this issue of Techniques, we tried to explore the diverse world of technical communication. To limit oneself in any venture creates frustration. That is why job seekers must try to combine their interests with the discipline they study. Only lack of imagination can limit the focus of technical communication skills.

Samantha Massaglia writes in this newsletter from her perspective as a media relations expert for Governor Jesse Ventura. Certainly, Sam never envisioned the job she found in the administration of the governor’s office. But she also refused to limit the focus of her job search.

Deenna Latus, a career counselor in the CDC (Career Development and Counseling Center) at MSU, directs students to resources to assist them in their job searches. More importantly, the personnel in the CDC help students to focus on their talents and incorporate those interests with their academic backgrounds and achievements.

The Techniques staff brainstormed job opportunities and discovered that technical communicators contribute to many sectors in industry. Nathan applies his technical communication training to geographical information systems (GIS). Steve’s interests lie in web development and contract services for the Internet. Melissa plans to work in computer programming while Marge hopes to find a job in a publishing company as a copy editor.

Jobs for technical communicators vary as much as the people seeking those jobs. The following represents a partial list of jobs technical communicators might consider combining with hobbies or other interests they may enjoy:

• biology communications

• business analysts

• environmental educators

• historical researchers

• instructional designers

• legislative assistants

• media relations

• medical writers

• music promotions-specialists

and writers

• photographic assistants

• special events associates

Think on a grand scale. Detail and precision apply to all career paths. Writing clearly, concisely, and precisely contributes to excellence in all fields. Before you decide on a career, choose the field you most like and create an opportunity for yourself. When you like what you create, sell yourself to an industry that can use and appreciate the talents and interests you bring to the job. And never, ever limit yourself.

Marge Freking and Melissa Goodwin doing an edit

 

Steve Gage and Nathan Graham taking a break

 

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