STC Mentor Board

STC Mentor Board The STC Mentor Board provides professionals in industry and academe, those new to the profession, and students an opportunity to connect and establish mentor/mentee relationships that foster personal and professional growth and development. Serving as a mentor or becoming a mentee can help you gain knowledge and perspective on the workplace, expand your professional network, and achieve tremendous personal satisfaction. How does one create a mentor or mentee account?
  • Access the STC Mentor Board.
  • Create your profile. You can make your account “inactive” until you complete your profile and are ready to participate.
  • Search through Mentor or Mentee profiles and initiate contact with an individual who meets the criteria you seek.
What type of activities can mentor/mentees do? Anything you like, from structured activities to the occasional casual chat. But here are some ideas for things you could do to get the mentor-mentee relationship rolling: Gain knowledge and perspective on the workplace:
  • Share current projects. Show each other what you’re working on, and critique and discuss your approaches to the projects.
  • Look over STC competitions for technical communicators and discuss the possibility of submitting your work.
  • Talk about professional development and training. What options are available through STC for professional development? Would going back to school be a good idea?
  • Look at the job market together – it’s a great way to learn about the current state of the profession.
  • Contribute co-authored content to the Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TC-BOK). The TC-BOK is an online repository of knowledge in the profession. But since the profession is always changing, so is the BOK. Together, you can choose an unfinished area of the TC-BOK and develop some content for it, a good opportunity to work together – and learn something in the process.
  • Start a mentor-mentee book club. Read a book or article on technical communication and meet to tell each other what you thought.
  • Investigate co-authoring an article for submission to Intercom or submitting a proposal to the STC Summit.
Expand your professional network:
  • Attend an STC webinar This could be a good opportunity for both of you to learn something new!
  • If you’re located near one another, go to an STC chapter meeting together and meet some new technical communicators! If you are not, invite each other to attend any online activities hosted by your STC chapter or SIG.
Get more involved in STC. Join a SIG together and ask if they have any work that needs to be