Re: STC Certification

Subject: Re: STC Certification
From: Daniel Friedman <daniel -dot- friedman42 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- nuot -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:45:46 -0500

Unfortunately, SourceForge has a bad reputation these days, due to them
putting adware into OSS installers. It's even blocked in U-Block Origin.
See this post for details:
http://www.howtogeek.com/218764/warning-don%E2%80%99t-download-software-from-sourceforge-if-you-can-help-it/

I'm not sure if Github has a similar forum for writers to get involved with
projects. You may just need to reach out to projects or submit "Issues" to
volunteer documentation to the project.

On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 9:37 AM, Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- nuot -dot- com> wrote:

> Daniel, I think your GitHub idea is a winner. SourceForge might also do
> the trick (https://sourceforge.net/p/forge/helpwanted/documenters/). For
> new writers, having a portfolio is probably more important than having a
> certificate.
>
> Personally, I got into tech writing the easy way: I started out as an
> expat writer overseas, where skill counts for more than experience.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Daniel Friedman
> Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2016 9:13 AM
> To: Dan Goldstein
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> Subject: Re: STC Certification
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> I feel like this thread has gone extremely negative on the STC
> certification. It would be nice to present what you guys think are some
> good alternatives for someone new to the technical writing field or someone
> looking to make an upwards career move.
>
> FWIW, I think the main problem with the STC certification is that it is a
> general technical writing certificate, when most employers are looking for
> someone with (at least some) domain-specific knowledge.
>
> Someone starting out would probably be better served spending their time
> building portfolio pieces through school or by volunteering time to a
> non-profit or open-source projects on github.
>
> If certification was to be pursued, it might be better to go for certs in
> specific subject-domains relevant to the industries that you are trying to
> break into. For example, in IT it would show a good baseline of knowledge
> to get the COMPTIA A+ or the entry level Microsoft MCSE: Desktop
> Infastructure cert. I am not familiar with other industries, but I am sure
> there are similar courses/certifications for
> healthcare/finance/government/etc.
>
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Follow-Ups:

References:
STC Certification: From: Claire Lundeby
Re: STC Certification: From: Robert Lauriston
Re: STC Certification: From: Monique Semp
Re: STC Certification: From: Robert Lauriston
RE: STC Certification: From: Kathy Bowman
RE: STC Certification: From: Rebecca Officer
RE: STC Certification: From: Dan Goldstein
Re: STC Certification: From: Daniel Friedman
RE: STC Certification: From: Dan Goldstein

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