RE: breaking out in technical communications

Subject: RE: breaking out in technical communications
From: "Lisa Wright" <liwright -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 21:56:37 -0800

Hi Joan,
Well, quite a few folks have given you some good advice. One of the
things that you have already experienced on this list is that we follow
fundamental laws of nature. For every opinion, there is an equal and
opposite opinion. :-)

Volunteer organizations are a great way to go. Right now at the
organization where I volunteer, I'm working on a style guide, someone
else just finished a multi-media presentation, there are lots of
brochures and information sheets. Look for public relations committees.
It's a great way to make contacts, too!

I'm not clear from your message if you are focusing on business
communications and technical communications, or technical communications
and business. If the latter, then you might look at trying to find
places that need process guides, especially as the employees interact
with systems.

See if you can arrange internships through your college. As John
Garrison noted, you could also offer low-cost services to local
businesses, but going through your internship office gives you the
official "internship" label, which may prevent companies in the future
from thinking that you can be taken advantage of. It also means someone
is watching your back in case there are problems. And it likely means
that you're in a more highly structured environment that has the
resources an intern needs, with mentors readily available. You'll likely
end up doing grunt work, but it's valuable experience.


-----Original Message-----
On Behalf Of Joan Wagner
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 9:15 PM
Subject: breaking out in technical communications

My name is Joan Wagner, and I am a junior majoring in
business and technical communications. I am running
into some problems gaining experience, which might
hurt me after graduation. I was wondering if anyone
had any suggestions for someone just starting out.

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