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Learning, unlearning, and relearning

The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. – Alvin Toffler, quoted by Jack Molisani in Be the Captain o…


This is a great blog post by Larry Kunz. I think he makes an excellent point with the idea that we need to always be ready to learn, unlearn, and relearn. He gives some great examples here. Even in my two years of being an official technical communicator, so many changes have been going on. Some companies can keep up with the changes in technology, attitudes, and work processes, and others can’t. I go to conferences and take classes because I want to keep learning so that I can adapt going forward, and not be so settled in my ways that I settle myself out of a job. Larry talks about the days when you got a job and stayed there for decades, and how that model has generally gone the way of the dodo birds, as he puts it. I couldn’t agree more with that. I saw that once I graduated from college almost 25 years ago. The longest I’ve ever been at a single job (other than motherhood) was three years. Provided my contract isn’t cancelled early before the end of this year, my current job will be the second longest position I’ve ever had. This is not including my 5 years as a Cub Scout Leader either.  It’s not that kind of job market anymore, so to stay in the game, you have to keep up, and follow what Larry talks about in this article. Read it!



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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