Mentoring and Wine

Ohio STC members and guests enjoyed sitting outside at the beautiful venue at Michelangelo’s Winery. We shared some red wine, a charcuterie board and a couple of flatbread pizzas. And although they are well known for their amazing pastries, none of us had any room left to try them.’

One guest, a recent college graduate, came looking for advice on starting a career in technical writing. He has a strong love of writing and had been advised to look into our profession. He left with a long list of things to work on, including:

  1.  Beefing up his LinkedIn profile.
  2.  Putting together writing samples that include writing instructions for a process.
  3.  Doing some research on the many different aspects of technical writing.

From there, our conversation turned to college technical writing programs. Our chapter has a history of mentoring young professionals and engaging with local colleges that we would love to continue. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics and other sources this field is to grow by 10-11% by 2024-2026. We know that academic programs have changed over the years and would love your help. We need:

  1. Connections into colleges or placement offices that help students get jobs and internships
  2. Volunteers to speak to classes, attend career fairs
  3. Companies that have internship programs.
  4. To learn more about how colleges are using handshake and how companies can use it to find these young professionals

 The academic relations committee would love your input.

By Angie Dianetti

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