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If you just got excited because you saw a spelling mistake in the title, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you ever read someone else's work and think, "I could have said that better?
  • Do you ever find yourself drawing pictures when you explain something so that you can make your point?
  • When you listen to people explain things, do you think, "Why didn't they just say...?"
  • When you are using software, do you think of ways that the designers could have made it more user friendly?

If you answered yes to any one of these questions, or you spotted the typo in the title, you may want to consider a career in the communications field.

What is the connection between communications and the STC?

The Society for Technical Communication (STC) is an organization that has chapters around the world. Members are usually in the communications field -- technical writers, editors, graphic artists, trainers, analysts, and students. Each chapter has monthly meetings that provide insight into topics that communicators would find interesting. One month the topic might be about using humour to reduce stress and promote creativity; the next month the topic might be about using a particular software package to create an online help system.

In addition to these meetings, the STC further enhances its members' learning experience by providing monthly and quarterly magazines. There is also an annual STC conference where you can choose which sessions you want to attend. Chapters can also create their own learning experience by organizing their own workshops. The Southwestern Ontario Chapter has a workshop each year in February. They also have telephone seminars, and, in some cases, an additional workshop.

What's in it for you?

Does it interest you to make connections with potential employers? Would you like to meet other communicators with similar interests? Are you interested in learning from others' experiences? Do you experiences that could be useful to others? You have so much to gain and nothing to lose.

Where do you go from here?

You can attend our general meetings, which are usually held the first Tuesday of every month in Waterloo. These meetings are free and open to the public. From there, you may decide to become a member. Your level of involvement is up to you. Just remember, the more you are involved, the more you learn.

How do you find out more?

To find out about meeting topics and locations, go to our chapter's website at The website also provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions and contact information for our chapter's council members. You may also want to attend the November General Meeting, because you will have the opportunity to win your membership.

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