My name is Shajia Khan . I am a student of Technical Communication, Seneca
College, Toronto. From the January 2009 till April 2009 I will have my co-op
semester and I am planning to work with Fedora project in the area of
documentation writing and editing to gain my co-op experience.
My educational background is basically in English. I have done my bachelors
in English language and literature. Then I worked as a news paper reporter
for a while and then worked as language teacher in middle school. After
that, I did my M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Carleton University, Ottawa.
I worked for a linguistic consultant for a company in Calgary for a year. I
worked as a teacher in various educational settings. Then I enrolled in
Seneca College to make a career change. I am planning to become a technical
writer because I believe as a teacher my main object was to convey complex
ideas to my students in simple terms. Here as a technical writer I will be
doing the same.
I have summed up my experiences and knowledge which will bring result to
My working experience as a writer: I wrote in news paper articles. As a
teacher I wrote handouts, course outlines and even teaching units which are
very similar to the technical documents.
My experience in editing: As a teacher I had to review my students writing
and help them to write in correct English. Moreover the course in Editing
and Style in Seneca had brushed up those editing skills and taught me some
tools especially on how to edit in an electronic document.
The technical know -how: The technical communication course in Seneca
taught me some key concept in documentation. For example, task analysis,
user analysis, writing a procedure, technical description, technical
specification, software lifecycle etc. It will enable me to be familiarized
in the term.
Communication Skills: As I mentioned earlier, as a teacher my key
responsibility was to explain complex ideas into simple terms. I believe
that is very crucial when someone works as a technical writer.
I will be able to work full time for Fedora, so I am looking for lots and
lots of works!