RE: Future Tech Writer with Software Questions

Subject: RE: Future Tech Writer with Software Questions
From: "Janoff, Steven" <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com>
To: Craig Lashley <clashley -at- mail -dot- usf -dot- edu>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:01:41 +0000

Hi Craig,

Iâd start here and investigate further:

https://products.office.com/en-us/student/office-in-education

I donât know if they tie the license to your school email address or if you get a license key that you can still use once you graduate. Some folks I know get an alumni email address and that connects them to the school potentially for life. Youâll need to look into this and I recommend you take the initiative to do so since that in itself is a huge quality in business. Good to reach out to others but always good to be a self-starter as that will get you the job over others. This is not a critique, just a recommendation.

You may or may not be able to get student rates on Visio and Project. You'll need to look into that. Definitely get a legitimate copy sanctioned by Microsoft but I'd talk to the folks at your school bookstore as they usually have the connection (or they used to, anyway -- I'm not sure how it's done now).

Good luck! Also focus on your people qualities and try to appear relaxed, sociable, friendly, and accessible in interviews. That sometimes makes more of a difference than any particular technical skill or tool knowledge. (They call this "soft skills" in the HR world.)

Steve


On Friday, June 26, 2015 3:34 PM, Craig Lashley wrote:

Thanks Steven. Do I get these licenses directly through Microsoft? If I have to invest money I'd hate for it to not be official. I've probably used some portion of the Microsoft Office Suite everyday for who knows how long. 10+ years. Setting a goal for aÂMS Office student version/license seems like a very reachable goal.

I've usedÂVisio in the past during some classes that were teaching me UML. That was in the range of 2005 to 2007 when I was studying computer science. I've been on an extended vacation away from college. Is UML something that is widely used these days?Â

Craig

On Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 6:16 PM, Janoff, Steven <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com> wrote:
Also, Craig, when you get the MS Office student version/license, don't forget to get Visio and Project with that. Learn those.

Engineers will love you for knowing Visio, and managers, project managers, and others will love you for knowing Project.

All of these things will also help you keep an eye on the parallel track of Business Analyst, which can pull down more money.

As you get further into your career you'll get more experience with the heavier stuff -- Flare, Frame, DITA, etc. -- but the productivity tools in Office will get your foot in many doors.

And as others have pointed out, Adobe Acrobat (especially Pro) is a good thing to have.

Steve

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