By Julianna Soberanis
Last semester, the Eagle Technical Communicators (ETC) hosted a professional panel and mixer. The event gave students an opportunity to learn from industry professionals currently working in a variety of tech comm-related roles at different organizations. Panelists at the event shared their experiences and offered advice to students as they prepare to transition from the classroom to the workforce.
The panelists who presented at the event were
- Val Swisher, Founder and CEO of Content Rules
- Kim Lewis, Senior Recruiter at Brightwing
- Rachel Hiatt, Senior Product Manager at Signify Health
- Alison Fruin, Product Owner at National Instruments
- Paul Grote, Staff Technical Writer at National Instruments
Each panelist drew from their varying levels of work experience as they answered questions from attending students. Questions covered a range of topics, including skills students need to build a stand-out résumé, the recommended number of pieces that students should include in their professional portfolios, and professional certifications that students who are interested in the Scrum project-management framework should pursue.
One especially important recommendation the panelists offered to students was to stay adaptable and cultivate a willingness to learn new things. The field of technical communication is always advancing, so students should not become complacent or get too comfortable using only one product or piece of software.
After the panel, students had a chance to introduce themselves to the panelists and learn about potential employment and internship opportunities within the different companies that the panelists represented.
Seeing how successful the panel and mixer was for the all involved, ETC president Addison Kliewer said, "We really enjoyed having industry professionals for this panel and we look forward to having opportunities like this in the future."