Re: Career|Skill Advice

Subject: Re: Career|Skill Advice
From: Lisa G Wright <lisawright -at- mail -dot- utexas -dot- edu>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 03 Nov 2011 17:17:57 -0500

Roberta,
Usability is a great skill to build. I don't know if they still publish them, but Sun used to have great documentation about usability and internationalization for documentation and software. It was free and very educational.

Someone commented about internationalization, and I agree that's a great area to build knowledge. I read a fabulous book years ago, International Technical Documentation by Nancy Hoft, http://www.amazon.com/International-Technical-Communication-Information-Communications/dp/0471037435/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1320358320&sr=1-1. The knowledge is transferable to anything you are doing, IMHO.

Accessibility is a great topic to learn about. Usability, internationalization, and accessibility all go together, I think.

I like taking classes in technical areas as well. I once did a wireless networking certificate. You could take a web programming course or get a book. Become more knowledgeable about a business sector where you are interested in working.

I am currently taking a marketing class to get some more "front-office" business background. In a smaller shop, you could be called upon to do corporate or marketing-type communications, so that's a handy skill to have.

Good luck!
Lisa


On 11/3/2011 8:57 AM, Roberta Hennessey wrote:

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
have others done?

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