Christchurch Branch Event: The Tech Comm career ladder and you
View the video of this presentation on our YouTube channel.
Are you preparing to take the first step up your chosen career ladder? Are you preparing to jump ladders? Are you getting back on the ladder after a break from it?
TechCommNZ and the Student Outreach Programme are coordinating this month's branch event to bring you tips and tricks for a successful start.
The evening will start with half an hour of networking and finger food, followed by four 15 minute presentations.
Eve Hoets will kick things off with tips for building a successful mindset and creating your own opportunities. She's an aspiring motivational speaker who has built her own opportunities from the tender age of 15. She's not so much climbing a career ladder as cutting out the steps on the way up – and you can too!
Then, Emma Harding and Rebecca Officer discuss how to make yourself look good in an interview. This might include things like your work experience, knowledge of certain tools, soft skills, or even personality traits. Emma is one of the biggest employers of technical writers in the country, and Rebecca was our 2016 Conference Speaker on building Agile, collaborative teams with DITA. They have sat in the interviewer's seat, and the interviewee's seat, and they're here to bring you the dos and don'ts. After all, having the skills doesn't mean much if you can't get them across in the interview!
Finally, Joan Nanartowicz will be talking about how to put together your portfolio... and more importantly how to use it. Your portfolio is both your point of difference and your best tool for backing up your skills.
Where and when
Streamliners, 4 Acton Street, Christchurch Central map
Tuesday 21 August. 5:30 pm networking. Meeting from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm.
The cost includes nibbles and drinks.
People who register via the website:
- Members $11.50 incl GST.
- Non-members $17.25 incl GST
- Student members free of charge.
People who pay at the door:
- Members 15.00 incl GST
- Non-members $20.00 incl GST
- Student members free of charge.
Note: Members = members of TechCommNZ and affiliated organisations: NZATD, TWIA, PRINZ
About the speakers
Eve Hoets is an aspiring motivational speaker who has built her own opportunities from the tender age of 15. She's not so much climbing a career ladder as cutting out the steps on the way up – and she's passionate about helping you do it too!
Rebecca manages the Product Documentation and Marcoms groups at Allied Telesis Labs in Christchurch. Her career has involved many aspects of communication, including technical writing, marketing, customer support, management, business process, development and data analysis. Rebecca has a Graduate Diploma in Technical Communication and belongs to TechCommNZ. In her spare time, she’s keen on photography and loves getting into the outdoors.
Emma Harding has been leading a team of technical communicators at Streamliners for nearly 20 years. These days, she shares responsibility for recruitment and leadership in the Streamliners technical writing teams, which are growing rapidly as their products gain market share.
Joan Nanartowicz learned about portfolios during her graduate studies in the US. She holds an MS in Technical Communication from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her portfolio has been a valuable interview tool throughout her 10 year technical writing career in New Zealand.