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Paula Manley, Waters
December 1, 2021
Prior to my life as a technical writer, I worked as a scientist. After studying Environmental science at university, I then worked for a company involved in clinical trials for drugs (treating various cancers, Parkinson’s disease, and other disorders). I fell into technical writing when I came to work for a company that creates scientific monitoring equipment. My department creates the user content for customers and engineers for those products.
As a scientific company, my employer is actively involved in STEM outreach — working to encourage the next generation to study and work in the fields of Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. I play an active role myself in that initiative, and I find many parallels between STEM outreach and creating content for users. […]