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The Answer Lady: Finding the Right Mentor | TechWhirl

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The Answer Lady provides guidance on finding a mentor, what to look for, and more, for communication professionals stymied by the need for an advisor.

Danielle M. Villegas‘s insight:

This is a great article on TechWhirl by my friend, Rachel Houghton.  During my grad school years, my professors were my best mentors in the end. I tried joining a mentorship program, but the person I was paired up with questioned my choice of technical communication for my career field. (Ha! Look at me now!) And since graduation, especially since I’m a contractor and not an employee, I have found that having my friendships with people whom I’ve met through social media and especially those who were social media friends who I got to meet in person through the STC and Lavacon events have been great resources for mentorship. I feel that I don’t have one mentor, but many! That’s a good thing, because that way, I can get a variety of experienced opinions that can help me weigh in on information throughout my career.  


Good advice in this article. 


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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