November: Breaking Into Technical Communication & Staying Relevant
November 2, 2014
While universities are creating more and more degree programs for technical communication, the majority of technical communicators still break into the industry from another background. Come hear from three panelists who did just that. You’ll learn how they broke into tech comm, what resources and tools they use to stay up-to-date on trends, what they do today, and how you can follow in their footsteps. (Scroll down to meet our panelists!)
Even if you’re already a technical communicator, this will be a great resource for you to see how technical communicators in the Chicago area are involved in the industry and keep their skills sharp. Come with questions for these working professionals!
This meeting includes a dinner buffet.
Thursday, November 13
Networking and Dinner: 6:00 pm
Program: 7:00 pm
DePaul University in partnership with the Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse department
2320 N. Kenmore Ave (map)
Room: Levan 406
Chicago, IL 60614 Attendees enter the building on Kenmore and take the elevators immediately inside the door to the fourth floor.
Getting There & Parking
Our November meeting takes place at DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus. The building is two blocks from the Fullerton El stop (Red, Brown, and Purple lines). If you’re driving, the closest parking is the Clifton Parking Garage at 2330 N Clifton.
[expand title=”Click here to meet Karl.” swaptitle=”Click to collapse.” rel=”panel-highlander”]Karl is a technical writer at kCura in Chicago, IL. He has over 12 years’ experience working in the software industry servicing the legal and financial industries, among others, and has a combined background in software, teaching, and technical communication. Karl studied business information systems at DeVry University, and his career path started with technical roles as a support engineer, enterprise software deployment consultant, and software trainer for companies such as InstallShield, Autonomy iManage (now HP Autonomy), Capital One Bank, and Kraft Foods. His foundation in technology and in educating both technical and non-technical audiences helped shift his career focus to technical communication and instructional design. In addition to being a technical writer, Karl also teaches at Moraine Valley Community College and enjoys woodworking and web design as his hobbies.[/expand]
[expand title=”Click here to meet Cheri.” swaptitle=”Click to collapse.” rel=”panel-highlander”]Cheri is currently a documentation specialist at Catamaran in Schaumburg, IL. She has been working as a technical writer for over 20 years. She has worked for a Fortune 100 company documenting retail and financial software applications, developing policy and procedure manuals, and performing stand up training for internal associates and clients. She studied human resources and instructional design at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. She has worked as a quality assurance manager, instructional technologist, and documentation specialist, including tasks such as software screen design, document design, software training, and eLearning development. Her interests outside of work are photography and animal welfare.[/expand]
[expand title=”Click here to meet Brad.” swaptitle=”Click to collapse.” rel=”panel-highlander”]Brad creates technical manuals and videos for InStep Software in Chicago, IL. Despite being trained as a newspaper reporter, he has worked as a desktop publisher, software trainer, technical support guru, and IT administrator. He has also written trivia game questions, industrial videos, and restaurant menus. His career has alternated between contracting/freelancing and permanent positions for companies as big as Motorola and firms so small you’ve never heard of them. He has worked in industries including educational publishing, robot repair, video games, and counterfeit detection. He currently manages a five-year-old farmers’ market. He spends the remainder of his free time training his 18-month-old puppy, Tesla, gardening, and keeping Tesla from destroying the garden.[/expand]