Welcome to my digital playground!

If you are…

  • A practicing Technical Communicator who’s considering pursuing a Master’s degree in Technical Communication (or just heard about it for the first time right now) OR
  • A Technical Communication student who’s worried about searching for and surviving at a technical writing job OR
  • A tech newbie who wants to “become more technical” but can’t find a manageable, realistic starting point to build your own app in the ever-changing technological landscape

…you are in the right place!

On this blog, I write about pursuing a graduate degree in Technical Communication, behind-the-scenes action as a technical writer at a startup in New York, and software fundamentals:

MS in Tech Comm: Posts about the pursuing a Master’s in Technical Communication, details of the courses that I took during my graduate program, assignments we completed, article reviews of assigned readings, and how the things I learned in the course help me at my job as a technical writer. That brings us to the next category:

On The Job: Post about the job search process I used to get my technical writing jobs, day-in-the-life snapshots, real-world skills that I learned as a technical writer, and so on.

Tech Bytes: Posts about byte-sized resources on a small topic each week to help you get comfortable with technological concepts.

About Me

My name is Amruta Ranade (pronounced Um-roo-taa Raa-na-dey) and I am:

  • Currently, a Senior Technical Writer at Cockroach Labs in New York (I worked as a technical writer in India for 5 years before moving to United States in 2015 to pursue my Masters degree)
  • A graduate of the Masters in Technical Communication program at Missouri S&T.
  • An Electronics Engineer.

As the bullet list shows, I belong to the interconnected worlds of technical communication industry, academia, and technology. While interacting with each of these groups, I see tremendous potential for mutual benefit:

  • Academia will benefit from learning the one-the-job experiences of industry practitioners.
  • Tech Comm practitioners will benefit from learning about the vast research and literature that Tech Comm academia consistently produces.
  • Developers can benefit from learning the basics of Tech Comm, while technical communicators can benefit from learning technological basics.

Though the potential for mutual advancement is tremendous, there is lack of information and interaction between these groups.

This belief has been reinforced on several occasions. For instance, when I presented at the CPTSC and GPACW conferences in October 2017, I had interesting conversations with tech comm instructors and program administrators about how the tech comm programs impact students’ professional lives. I also get several emails from students asking for advice about job searching and on-the-job skills, as well as emails from former colleagues about my experience of pursuing the graduate degree. I find these one-on-one interactions deeply engaging, yet I wish I could have them in a more public arena so that more people can join in and benefit from the conversations, as well as provide perspectives and opinions other than my limited ones.

This blog is my attempt to bridge the different worlds and serve as an online venue for interaction and collaboration between these groups.

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