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You hear a lot about side gigs or side work these days. How can you leverage and turn this kind of work into a competitive advantage or potential promotion? Join us as we define what side work is (and isn’t), explore the benefits of a side gig, and learn how to identify interesting side work that can potentially transition you to your next opportunity. After some time getting to know each other, we'll go through some exercises to brainstorm what you want to learn or explore at work or with clients and then discuss how you might get there.
If you want to improve your skills and expand your visibility to remain current and relevant in today’s competitive and quickly changing workplace, this is the presentation for you! So join us to get out of your comfort zone, think creatively, and move toward the future with the help of the presenters and fellow attendees. We promise it will be an interactive, motivational, and fun experience.
Kelly Schrank (@headbookworm) has been in technical and medical communication for over 20 years. As an experienced writer and editor of medical, technical, and marketing
communications, she has created and improved marketing materials, websites, newsletters, slide decks, documentation, policies and procedures, standard responses, training materials, and product manuals, for a variety of industries. Current professional interests include the benefits of checklists, side gigs, and networking. She is the current STC Rochester chapter president, after stints as the Program Manager and Co-chair for Spectrum and she was the Annual Conference Administrator for AMWA in 2017. Kelly has a Masters in Technical
Communication and has spoken at Spectrum, Interchange, Summit, and the AMWA Medical Writing & Communication Conference.
Todd DeLuca (@techcommtodd) has over 15 years of
experience as a technical writer and manager. An active
volunteer and contributor to the profession, he is a remote-based worker and passionate about working side gigs to learn,
advance, and meet new people. His professional background includes graphic design, editing, client communication, and software development documentation. Todd is an STC Associate Fellow, with activities including Intercom magazine contributor, Conference Chair of STC Summit, and Philadelphia Metro Chapter president. Todd has a Master degree in technical
and scientific communication from Miami University (Ohio) and speaks at various regional and national conferences.