Given how hard it is for students (and their programs) to afford the expensive tools in our profession, I thought it might help to pass along these alternatives to commercial products. I think anyone breaking into the field (or a new type of tool) would do very well to train up on these open source tools and create portfolio pieces with them.
As a follow-on for an article about return on investment for membership fees, I decided to research the costs associated with regional and national conferences for STC and see how they compare with other conferences that might interest technical communicators.
Have you ever shopped around when buying a car or electronic gadget? Sure you have. If you don't have time to shop around for a professional organization equivalent to STC, let me be your guide. After seeing this article about STC costs, I decided to use their idea and write an article tuned to our particular chapter and location with information updates for 2006.
Lost your technical communicator job? Wondering what to do? Wondering where to go?This article is intended for two main groups of technical communicators:
by Wanda Hill, STC Austin Employment Director
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