RE: Career|Skill Advice

Subject: RE: Career|Skill Advice
From: "Bruce Megan (ST-CO/ENS5-NA)" <Megan -dot- Bruce -at- us -dot- bosch -dot- com>
To: Kat Kuvinka <katkuvinka -at- hotmail -dot- com>, "rahennessey -at- gmail -dot- com" <rahennessey -at- gmail -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2011 16:00:24 +0100

Kathee - I basically learned on the job, but as I learned I started getting really interested in it and bought a book called "The Elements of International English". There were some good seminars sponsored through STC - Twin Cities Chapter. Maybe there would be some at your local STC chapter.

In my Internet research, I came across W3 Consortium which is usability with some internationalization interspersed. Also, I cannot remember the professor's name, but there was a prof at University of Wisconsin that had a website dedicated to internationalization.

If I find the name, I'll let you know and pass along the URL.


~Megan

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From: Kat Kuvinka [mailto:katkuvinka -at- hotmail -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2011 9:48 AM
To: Bruce Megan (ST-CO/ENS5-NA); rahennessey -at- gmail -dot- com; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Career|Skill Advice

I agree that Usability is a good choice. Our "User Experience Designer" is transitioning to another position, and it is extremely difficult to find a replacement.

Where I work, the managers value some skills outside of just technical writing, for example, Web design, HTML, and programming languages. Also, experience developing and delivering training is desired. Don't know if there is coursework for that.

Megan--I like your suggestion about translation skills. I find that going into localization projects with little understanding is very difficult. Where is the best place to get that knowledge?

Kathee
> From: Megan -dot- Bruce -at- us -dot- bosch -dot- com
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> Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2011 15:03:53 +0100
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> I think Usability is a great knowledge. I found that even though employers may not realize how valuable this is on the surface, it becomes apparent when bugs, design flaws are found because you questioned the design or program.
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> I also think anything in international/translation issues/skills is valuable. The more we, as technical writers, understand the cultural, ethnic, etc...differences from country to country makes our writing (and unintentionally us) better and widely acceptable.
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> > As a tech writer in the current environment, I am considering pursuing
> > additional training. I am looking for opinions on what skill and knowledge
> > people feel is important today and will be in the future. I'm looking at
> > this more as a way to gain more "employer desired" skills. I'm considering
> > taking some usability courses to enhance my skill set. Any opinions? What
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References:
Career|Skill Advice: From: Roberta Hennessey
RE: Career|Skill Advice: From: Bruce Megan (ST-CO/ENS5-NA)
RE: Career|Skill Advice: From: Kat Kuvinka

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