I'm looking for direction to restart my career. What can I do to land myself a job in the field of instructional design/ training/ learning and development?
I have a master's in organizational behavior (M.sc. Applied Psychology) from India. I moved to the USA about two years ago and I recently got my work permit. I am also a certified ICF (ACC) Coach and have about 2+ years of experience (from my pervious job in India) in the field of training, leadership development and coaching. #psychology #career #job #instructionaldesign #organizationalbehavior #entryleveljob #Coaching #training #learninganddevelopment #networkingforjobs #TempeAZ
Gloria recommends the following next steps:
My top candidates had the following in common:
- Passion for what the did
- Passion for the organization (remember, companies are not just interviewing you, YOU are interviewing them as well to ensure its the right fit.
- Offered something different... a different instructional approach or a new perspective on learning,
- Understanding of our learners are of different generations and need to be addressed as such.
- Ability to think outside the box
- Flexibility in design approach
- Ability to deliver a hybrid approach to Instructional Design
Instructional Design, Learning Theory, and Change Management can be learned, thus ANYONE can have those skills. What do you bring that can't be taught? What do you have that other candidates do not have? Whats your passion, lead with Passion. The learned skills will get you through the vetting process and get you an interview, but getting the interview isn't your goal, is it? Passion and your natural-can't be learned-talent will get you the job!
Best of Luck!
After that, I look for experience = where and how have they applied instructional design in their field? For example, it may not be in your job title, but have you ever had to conduct a needs analysis that informed what types of learning needed to be developed? What types of learning activities have you designed? Have you created assessments?
If you don't have direct work experience, I would encourage you to look for a volunteer project. For example, how about helping your favorite non-profit/charity create a training course (online or instructor-led)?
As a manager, I'm going to ask you for examples of your work - what the issue was, how you approached designing a learning solution, and what was the impact. Have something to say and show off!
All of these are questions to consider as you go out and look for jobs. It also might do you good to refresh the basics in ADDIE, Kirkpatrick, Knowles and other theorist in the industry. There are also a number of different people and organizations to follow on linked in to keep up to date.
There are many people in that community who would be more than happy to provide guidance as well.
Check out and reach out to http://iacp.in/ The Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists.
They should be able to front you a wealth of information and direction.
Let me know in case you have an interest in this field. During the COVID situation, people would prefer to learn online.
Deepak recommends the following next steps:
Welcome to the USA. I am not sure if you are still looking, but wanted to respond as a leader in training and development. One thing I suggest is to make sure your resume speaks to your skills. This is so very important when recruiters are looking for candidates. I also say use LinkedIn heavily to find open positions. Make sure your LinkedIn is up to date to what you are looking to do today. I also say join or connect with the ATD and SHRM community. Even with the pandemic there are still online training and networking events occurring.
There is so much great advice on this thread so I won't repeat what's said. I will make a suggestion that with your Masters degree and experience in coaching, perhaps you could look into working for a company that designs and delivers corporate training or workshops to the public on coaching, leadership and other topics.
I am not familiar of companies in the US but as other people have mentioned ATD, that would be a good place to start with to identify these training vendors and then connect with them to understand more about their business works. Most often they have a separate team of instructional designers and a team of trainers/facilitators.
All the best!
The international membership allows me to connect with others globally and access to training / Instructional design research.
Some organizations have student pricing.