Featured MS Student: Joe Molohon
Why did you choose the Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota?
Its strength as a robust technical communication program and its good reputation.
Where are you from (hometown)?
White Bear Lake, MN
Where did you previously attend school? What is your degree in?
University of St. Thomas - creative writing
What are the most important things you've learned from this program?
A user-centered design perspective, information design heuristics, and confidence as a technical communicator. I want to underscore the latter--it is the confidence I have found as a technical communicator that has empowered me as a leader in my company.
What has been your favorite WRIT course, and why?
WRIT 5501 - Usability. I believe a user-centered perspective is at the core of what makes us technical communicators and this course did a great job putting that front and center.
Would you tell us about a course project that was particularly meaningful to your professional development?
The large-scale usability test in WRIT 5501 was an excellent opportunity to practice usability testing. It has really enabled me to push for usability testing in my own company, and to practice some of its principles that have been missing.
What are your career goals?
Reach a content management leadership position and redesign an entire body of content for the better.
What advice would you give to someone considering pursuing their MS or Certificate with Writing Studies?
A scientific and technical communication degree opens a lot of doors for you. You don't have to be a technical writer; you could be a UX designer, a copywriter, a content management specialist, or any other type of content specialist. And technical writing DOES NOT mean just writing user manuals, which this program will help you see. Be bold, be creative, and always put the user first.
What are your interests/hobbies outside of academia?
Writing, reading, working out, running, kayaking, watching movies, playing games, and visiting with friends and family.
Learn more about how you can join Joe in pursuing the MS in Scientific & Technical Communication and taking the next step in your career!