Firehead contributes to new master’s degree in tech comm and localisation

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The University of Strasbourg’s new tech comm master’s course. Photo: © Madeleine Barois

A brand new online master’s programme in technical communication and localisation is launching at the University of Strasbourg, France in early 2017 – and Firehead is proud to be an industry contributor.

The new programme, Master in Technical Communication and Localization – or TCLoc for short – is designed for the international market and is taught in English. It combines online distance learning with a career-oriented course which aims to help fill the skills gap in the international technical communication market. Continue reading

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Learn how to create your own mobile apps – no coding required

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Ever had a killer idea for an app but come unstuck when it comes to making it actually happen? Then we have just the course for you: a new rapid DIY mobile app development course for non-techies… You can do it without coding!

Until recently, mobile app development was a complicated task that called for programming skills – plus a lot of time and money. But now a new generation of rapid do-it-yourself mobile app creation tools is available which hides the code behind a friendly visual interface and lets non-programmers create some pretty serious apps.

Why might you want to create your own mobile apps? Here are several common business situations facing digital communicators and business owners in our new highly connected world: Continue reading

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Highlights of Tekom / TCWorld 2016

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The annual Tekom fair/conference and TCWorld conference is the largest global event and marketplace for technical communication. In 2016, 4000 visitors and 170 exhibitors from almost 40 countries were expected to attend in Stuttgart, Germany.

The full list of #tekom16 presentations, many in German, is now live on the Tekom site. Here we’ve pulled out a selection of the English ones for our readers, covering trends in techcomm including: talent management, translation and localisation, technical authoring, software documentation, DITA and more. Thank you to TCWorld for posting their conference wisdom. Continue reading

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Three content strategy picks from CSForum16

CSForum 2016 logoCSForum16, aka Content Strategy Forum 2016, took place in Melbourne last month with many well-known content strategists in attendance, including Jonathon Colman, Rahel Anne Bailie, Hilary Marsh, Marli Mesibov, Rachel Lovinger and more.

Here is our pick of the links that we think you’ll find useful both as content strategists and leaders of content talent. Continue reading

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Useful reads for digital communicators (Oct 2016)

bookshelfCatch up on the latest links, professional development and training insights, and digital communications reads that have caught our eye.

We also post regularly to our Firehead’s Twitter and LinkedIn pages, so please do connect with or follow us there. Continue reading

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Useful links for digital communicators (Sept 2016)

Ipad and glassesHere’s this month’s roundup of industry links, professional development and training insights, and digital communications reads that have caught our eye.

We also post regularly to our Firehead’s Twitter and LinkedIn pages, so please do connect with or follow us there. Continue reading

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Content marketing trends for 2017 #cmworld

cmworld16 logoOne of the biggest content events in the calendar took place earlier this month, with more than 3,500 marketers from 55 countries attending Content Marketing World 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Here’s the skinny in 10 quick links for content marketers, strategists, writers, editors and managers to get up to speed on the latest content marketing trends and thinking.

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Will robots replace human jobs (and how do you deal with that)?

illustrated human brainThe Future of Work is a particularly hot topic at the moment. It seems as if everyone, from governments to big brands, is producing a report on how automation, digitisation and other technological advances will affect our future workplaces, talent and educational approaches.

One panel at this summer’s London Technology Week particularly caught our eye: The Future of Work: How will digital thinking and skills impact, shape and reinvent it? Essentially it asked:

  • Are robots and AI set to take your job, and what does this mean for the future of human work?
  • Is your business, company or organisation prepared for the huge evolution set to revolutionise the world of work?

We tuned in to find out some of the key messages of relevance to our hiring clients, who want to win the talent battle and get ahead on the workplace changes to come, and what this means for our network of job candidates who want to futureproof their careers and keep up with the rapid pace of change. Here are our session notes. Continue reading

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Is your work a bitch? Beware moaning about it here!

I hate this job board signSix working days – that’s how much time employees in the UK spend moaning about their employer each year, according to a recent survey.

Recruitment firm RSG commissioned a poll of 2,000 British office workers and discovered just how much all those little grumbles add up. More than 6 in 10 workers spend over an hour a week whingeing about their boss. From little gripes to major moans, workers are letting off steam in their lunch hour, on email, on instant messages, on social media or even at their desk.

This means the average worker is effectively being paid £678 a year just to complain about their boss.

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