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Tech Comm Can Be Full of Surprises!

Here’s a note we just got from one of our excellent tech comm grads, Ellen Fleischer: Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised that I’m working in my field. After all, that was my goal when I went into tech comm. However, … Continue reading

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My Writers

I teach technical communication at Seneca College here in Toronto. I am also the co-ordinator of the 1-year post graduate technical communication program, so I see these particular students for more than a full year. They are “mine”. 🙂 They … Continue reading

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FSOSS 2009 & Documentation

Concluding Open Source week in Toronto, Seneca held its annual Free Software and Open Source Symposium (FSOSS) yesterday. I was privileged to have the opportunity to speak about documentation for open source projects. What is truly exciting about open source … Continue reading

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Ideal Second Career

Changes in the economy often mean unexpected layoffs and situations that prompt one to think of a career change. Technical communication is a profession that allows you to leverage your prior background and training into a new career. No matter … Continue reading

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Occupational Summary

One of the more accurate occupational summaries I’ve come across for technical communicators is this one from the Alberta government. Usually, the description of the occupation is somewhat out of date, but here they seem to have it right.

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Celebrating 10 Years!

This year marks the 10th anniversary of our first graduating class. To celebrate, we are holding an open house, drop-in, casual reunion on Saturday, November 22, from 2-5 p.m. in the Lower Kaleidoscope room at Seneca @ York. Stop by … Continue reading

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Building Bridges

Technical communicators are always building bridges — between technology and its users, between content and design, and between groups or individuals so that the flow of information can be smooth and easy. In that way, we are always making connections. … Continue reading

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Teaching Professionalism

I was asked how it is possible to instill professional identity into technical writers. My response was that professionalism can indeed be taught, and we do that very thing here in the Seneca Tech Comm program. Simple things such as … Continue reading

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STC Awards

The Society for Technical Communication (STC) is the professional organization that represents technical communicators around the world. There are annual publication competitions, as well as other opportunities for recognition of the work that groups, individuals, and chapters do on behalf … Continue reading

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Writing for Effect

There’s a prevailing notion that unless you are writing fiction or poetry, writing is not that hard. After all, we can speak the language, so being able to write in it shouldn’t be any more difficult than just having a … Continue reading

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Learning to be a Technical Communicator

Few careers for writers pay as well, or provide as much ongoing challenge and satisfaction, as the profession of technical communication. It is not unusual for an experienced technical communicator to make close to $100K per year, depending on the … Continue reading

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