Everyone, please welcome Rebecca Steh!
Becky is currently working for Rockwell Automation as a technical writing intern for the Global Sales and Marketing department in the training division. Her duties include helping the training instructors with their training manuals, preparing labs and various activities to increase customer understanding and satisfaction. Becky’s long-term career goal is to obtain a full time position in the technical writing or marketing field. She wants to continue to expand the technical communication skills she has learned during the past six years and be known as a valuable asset to the company.
The NEO STC connection – “I actually got my start at Rockwell with the help of professional connections I made with the members of the NEO STC. This past March, I participated in a panel that discussed the challenges of stepping into the professional writing field as a college student. At the time of the panel, I was a graduate student in my final semester obtaining my master’s degree from Youngstown State University. I was pursuing a degree in Professional Writing and Editing, which was in the process of changing to Professional and Technical Writing, and I received the degree in May of 2014. I also received an undergraduate degree in journalism in May of 2012.”
Becky said she credits the NEO STC for giving her the chance to learn from professionals in communication. “I had a unique opportunity to look at the successes of many other technical communicators and see how many different career opportunities a degree in the field gave me. In turn, I was able to talk to them a little bit about what the new technical communicators of my generation are learning and what struggles we face as we get there. I talked about a lot of the different theories that we were learning about when it came to technical writing, but I also talked about the struggles of building up an adequate portfolio to get the type of job students in my field were pursuing. I also worked with the NEO STC again recently to help create the events calendar for the year to keep everyone organized and aware of what the organization is doing.”
In her personal time, Becky said, “I enjoy creative writing, and working as a technical writer only helps to improve my skills to effectively communicate my ideas, even if they are works of fiction. I also take a special interest in the spread of knowledge about individuals who suffer from various forms of developmental disabilities. I have a sister with epilepsy who I have seen grow into a fascinating, unique and happy individual. I enjoy community events that help to spread awareness about people like my sister and help the world understand how truly special each and every individual is, despite all of our differences.”
Becky said she also enjoys the outdoors and summer weather, “which, as most of us in Ohio know, doesn’t always last long!”