FTC September 2022 Newsletter

Welcome back, future technical communicators! 

The September newsletter is hot off the press. There are several items you’ll want to check out, including some very important FTC links:

Also, the first General Body Meeting (GBM) of the 2022-23 school year will be Friday, September 9, at 6:00 pm. Check out the FTC Linktree for the Zoom link. 

It’s going to be a great year, and we are glad you are here. See you around!

Click here to read the full newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/fe91dd0f1dec/september-2022-newsletter 

FTC End-of-Year Survey

As the FTC leadership team prepares for the 2022-2023 school year, we would love to hear your feedback. We invite you to take a few minutes to share your thoughts and ideas about your FTC experiences this year.

The survey takes between 5 to 15 minutes to complete and will be open through Thursday, June 30. The survey can be found here or through the FTC LinkTree (https://linktr.ee/ucf.ftc).

We really appreciate your time. Thank you for letting us know how FTC can serve you better in the future.

FTC Summer 2022 Newsletter

Hi all,

Welcome to the Summer 2022 edition of the Future Technical Communicators newsletter! Summer is here, and with that, another school year is complete. Congratulations to each of you for making it through the semester. A special shoutout goes to each of our newly graduated members and those graduating this summer. You have accomplished so much to reach this goal and your futures are bright! Know that the FTC community always has your back, and you are always welcome to stay involved; we love seeing our alumni.

Moving forward, FTC hopes to build on the foundations we set this year by refining what we have and continuing to evolve. To help our club do so, we have put together an End-of-Year survey. We would love to hear your feedback and invite you to take a few minutes to share your thoughts and ideas about your FTC experiences this year with us.

In this newsletter, you will find the following:

We look forward to seeing all that is to come for FTC and the experiences that our club’s members and leaders, both returning and new, will forge together. If there is any way that FTC can assist you, email us at ucf.ftc@gmail.com or feel free to start a conversation on our Discord server.

All the best,

John Clement

President, Future Technical Communicators club at UCF

FTC’s Year in Review (2021-2022)

By John Clement

President, Future Technical Communicators club at UCF

With a plethora of guest speaker meetings and networking events, the Future Technical Communicators club has been as active as it has ever been this past school year. We also had opportunities to make FTC go beyond just UCF in our ventures to Otronicon Tech Expo and the STC Summit, two big initiatives that our attendees had a great and informative time at. Finally, our club continues to be a big family with our social events and our active Discord. To celebrate and recognize all that and more, here is a comprehensive recap of FTC’s 2021-2022 program year.

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Fields and Jobs in Technical Communication

By Danielle Porres

Secretary, Future Technical Communicators club at UCF

Hello, everyone! I know most, if not all of our blog’s readers are pursuing a career in tech comm and are looking to get themselves out there in the world of job searching. Once you begin the process, it can definitely feel as though you’re navigating through a whirlwind of emotions and activity. Sure, you’re familiar with what tech comm encompasses, but how do you figure out which industry or niche you want to get into? Knowing how versatile the field of tech comm is and the different types of opportunities out there, it can definitely feel daunting to pinpoint what you want to do with your degree.

There are a plethora of industries focused on hiring technical communicators, ranging from health care to public relations, all wanting highly-skilled individuals with a passion for writing and editing. As noted by Masters in Communications, the most notable career paths in the field are, “Technical Writer or Documentation Specialist, Medical Writer, Training Consultant, Science and Technology Journalist, and Researcher” (p.11). 

Additional job titles for technical communicators (Source: stc.org):

  • Technical Writers & Editors
  • Indexers
  • Information Architects
  • Instructional Designers
  • Technical Illustrators
  • Globalization & Localization Specialists
  • Usability & Human Factors Professionals
  • Visual Designers
  • Web Designers & Developers
  • Teachers & Researchers of Technical Communication
  • Trainers and E-Learning Developers

As you navigate through your course load, it is plausible to find a specialization or industry that you might want to get into. You might take an interest in scientific writing, multimedia production, instructional writing, and many others. If multiple interests you at once, that’s okay too! It can actually serve as an advantage since companies and industries admire versatility. By being someone who can develop and hone their skills in various tech comm areas, many more opportunities can fall at your door. 

Although taking courses and obtaining your degree is essential, networking and gaining experience is what will you that extra push. Through internships and some odd jobs here and there, you will be able to further develop your writing/editing style, find your preferred niche(s), and connect with others who share common tech comm interests. 

<strong>Danielle Porres – Secretary, Publications Committee Member</strong>
Danielle Porres – Secretary, Publications Committee Member

Hi! My name is Danielle, the current secretary of FTC. I’m a sophomore majoring in Technical Communication and minoring in Writing & Rhetoric. It is my first semester as a member of FTC, but so far it’s been such an amazing and rewarding experience. The FTC community strives to not only promote the importance of technical literacy but the significance of making connections. As secretary of FTC, I hope to contribute to our blog’s publications, utilize my organizational skills, and continuously communicate with the leaders. Aside from my work in FTC, I am a proofreader for the Johnson’s Dictionary Project and a member of Sigma Tau Delta. When I’m not working, I enjoy creative journaling, reading, and listening to music.

FTC on Its Way to the STC Summit

Hi all,

The time has come: FTC is Summit-bound! ✈

We’re preparing to board our flight tonight to STC’s annual conference. Our attendees are John Clement, Zachary Miller, Caitlyn Hunter, Sarah Vilcnik, and Camilo Pallares. Check out our updated FTC LinkTree, which now lists each of our five attendees’ professional profiles at the top of it: https://linktr.ee/ucf.ftc

Our club’s LinkTree is also located on our brand new FTC business card! (Shoutout to Zach for the idea and for setting them up!)

Thanks to the support of each donor over the past few months and to UCF, we’re all covered and set to go on the trip. We’re 100% funded for our:

✅ Hotel costs
✅ Flight tickets and baggage
✅ Registration (we’re each confirmed as volunteers!)

Along the way, though, we did happen to encounter roadblocks. Two of our members had to drop, so our roster went from 7 to 5 attendees. Additionally, very recently our flight got pushed back by a day, so our group will be arriving to the Summit late at night today—a day later than anticipated. Nevertheless, we are expecting things to go smoothly today and to enjoy our time at the main conference events starting this Monday.

If you’ll be at the Summit, we hope to see you there! It would be great to meet up. We’ll be there from Monday to Thursday, so in between our volunteering we’d be happy to say hi, get to know you, and grab a photo.

All that’s left now is to get to Rosemont, Illinois and make the most of the Summit. We’ll have updates on our Instagram and Discord during the trip and are looking forward to all we’ll get to experience. We plan to share our experiences in additional ways post-Summit, too. As always, feel free to connect with us or reach out to our different platforms at https://linktr.ee/ucf.ftc at any time. Next time we have an update, it’ll be by the windy city!

All the best,

John Clement
President, Future Technical Communicators at UCF

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