The theme for May 2019 is Professional Development.
In a hyper-competitive business world where companies are doing less with more, the importance of professional development is increasing exponentially. Being marketable for a new job, and yes, even the job you’re currently in, requires continual learning and up-to-date skills. And despite how things might have worked in the past, you are the one responsible for cultivating your strengths, filling your skills gaps, and building your competitive advantage. Ongoing professional development gets you there. This month, the STC Roundtable explores the benefits of professional development and specific methods for creating and executing a powerful career strategy.
With each week, we’ll dive deeper into the topic of professional development. We’ll begin with a webinar that lays the foundation for how to begin your professional development journey. We’ll then explore how a variety of technical communicators have developed their careers into a diverse set of paths. Our week 3 panel discussion will feature industry leaders discussing how they view professional development for themselves and others. And finally, we’ll get into the specifics: a job search guide, complete with compensation worksheets.
Alisa Bonsignore clarifies complex ideas from her office in the San Francisco Bay Area. More than just a writer, her extensive research experience is applied to all client work. She analyzes competitors and industry trends to gain the strategic insights needed to place each project into a broader context. She has more than two decades’ experience in healthcare and network security, and is increasingly involved with sustainability communications — helping organizations tell their sustainability stories in a way that benefits both people and the planet. She is currently serving her second term on the board of directors for the Society for Technical Communication.
Alyssa Fox is a content strategist and marketing leader who thrives on improving customer experience through brand consistency and relevant information. She believes high-value content is one of your most important business assets and builds frameworks and processes that treat it as such. She’s a champion for cultures that position content to drive leads, revenue, and customer retention. Alyssa has vast management experience across global teams and has worked on numerous cross-functional strategies. Alyssa is currently serving as the Immediate Past President and Nominating Committee Chair of STC.