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
Globalization & Localization Specialists
Usability & Human Factors Professionals
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.
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.
Or: “We’ve got so many jobs, you don’t even know.”
By Caitlyn Hunter and John Clement
We here at FTC know how hard it can be to be on the job hunt. “Technical Communicator” isn’t a common job title, so we understand the struggle of trying out multiple search phrases and applying endless filters in search programs like LinkedIn or Indeed. The whole process can be exhausting and sometimes discouraging, so we decided to make it a little easier for all of you.
John and I have had many colleagues and friends send in advice, internships, and job opportunities. We have culminated them all here with simple descriptions to allow for easy skimming. There’s no promise that there’s a position here for you, but with 18 openings and many more leads, we hope to help at least some of you get connected with an opportunity you might not have otherwise found.
With all this said, we wish you luck on the job hunt and for finding that perfect position.
Last night marked another successful annual meeting between FTC and STC. We hope you were able to learn a lot from the program and can find yourself better prepared for a future career in technical communication. I would like to thank everybody for attending, including our amazing presenters, our faculty, our scholarship winners, and all of our attendees.
Feel free to reach out to our presenters with the contact information on their slides. Like we heard from them, networking and making connections are important in the professional world. As promised, the recording of this presentation is available on the FTC YouTube page in case you would like to reference it again. Below are the links to the resources from the program:
Future Technical Communicators If you are not already a member, please connect with the Future Technical Communicators club at UCF. The club has meetings every other Friday. On the FTC website, you can sign up for the FTC email list so the club can share academic and professional opportunities with you.
Join the Discord server at invite.gg/futuretechcomm. It is our most active online community and our main place to chat. You’ll receive all the latest news and updates there first. It’s a great way to stay plugged in with us.
You can find a list of all FTC’s different social media channels on Linktree.
Society for Technical Communication Florida Chapter Please connect with the STC Florida chapter! Whether you’re a student, graduate, or professional, the various opportunities and the welcoming community you will find with them are very worthwhile. You will be glad you joined. If you have any questions or would like to know more about STC, please read about how to join on our website or contact Debra at [email protected]. We are also building an STC Florida Slack for our community that you are welcome to join!Again, we would like to thank you so much for joining us, and we hope to see you again at one of our future events.
John Clement President, Future Technical Communicators