"I’ve always thought of my service to STC as being in my ‘enlightened self-interest,’ that by helping others in my profession I’m also helping myself. From providing me with networking opportunities to helping me build a business to keeping me employed for over 28 years, STC has given me much more than I could possibly give it, and my path has been smooth because of the generosity of other STC members."
—Jeff Haas, member since 1995
As your career gains momentum, your attention shifts to new areas. STC is there for you, helping you move up to the next level.
While you're becoming an expert in your field, you can get the word out by writing for STC publications, speaking at STC conferences; and entering the Society's regional competitions and the International Summit Competition.
At this point in your career, you have professional advice that others will find useful. Perhaps you know how to optimize the documentation process. Or you've become an expert on documentation tools. Turn your knowledge into an article for Intercom or Technical Communication. A published article will help your peers, enhance your reputation, and boost your portfolio.
Presenting at a Conference or Seminar
Polish your presentation skills and share your knowledge by speaking at an STC conference or community meeting. The experience will prepare you for presentations to clients or employers and raise your visibility in the profession.
You may also consider presenting a Web seminar. These virtual classrooms reach a wide, international audience and may provide the professional exposure you need to gain an edge in the industry.
A great way to learn new skills is to volunteer as a chapter or SIG newsletter editor or webmaster. If you're considering a change in career direction or shifting the focus of your career, this is your chance to try out a new role and add a new line to your resume at the same time.
Serving as an officer in your chapter or SIG gives you another opportunity to develop management skills. Once you've learned the ropes as a chapter president or SIG manager, you may even want to run for a Society-level office.
Developing Management Skills
You know your job; now you're ready to guide others. Hone your management skills by joining STC's management SIG, attending sessions on management at STC's annual conference, and reading articles on management in STC publications.
When you're offered a management position, don't forget to check the statistics in STC's salary database. The survey compares salaries for mid- and senior-level technical communicators in supervisory and nonsupervisory positions. See where you stand!
Finding Employees or Subcontractors
Technical communicators who move into management may find themselves hiring new staff. You don't have to go into this process cold if you've participated in STC events. Odds are you'll already know people who have the skills you need."The education I’ve received from STC has been fantastic. Learning about new technologies and trends at the STC Summits, webinars, and chapter events helps me advance my career and the careers of those on my team. The people I’ve met through STC networking are amazingly smart and helpful, and they now feel like family. STC has been an invaluable career and personal resource for me, and I continue to renew my membership so I can help make it that way for others." —Alyssa Fox, member since 2000