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January 17, 2023

Choosing a Topic for Your First eLearning Sample for Your Portfolio

Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career
Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career
Choosing a Topic for Your First eLearning Sample for Your Portfolio
Show Notes

Here’s what to expect from this episode:

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the thought of creating a portfolio? While it may seem daunting, a portfolio is an excellent opportunity to showcase your skills to potential employers, especially when you’re new. We’re discussing how to choose a topic for your first eLearning portfolio sample that will help you stand out and which topics you should avoid. This episode is for you if you want to get out of paralysis mode and take action!

Topics Covered:

  • The topic you choose can make or break whether you get hired
  • Get out of this box of being labeled as an educator who only knows how to do education-related things
  • Diversify your portfolio examples

Are you a little less overwhelmed about creating your portfolio? Have you chosen a topic and created a sample? Join the Facebook Group and ask your questions and let’s continue the conversation there. 

Have you listened to the other episodes on the podcast?

Episode 1: The 5-Year Plan That Changed Everything: Jill’s Story

Episode 2: How the Instructional Design Process is Like Building a House

Episode 3: Would I Make a Good Instructional Designer?

Episode 4: Ed Tech, Higher Ed, and Corporate IDs – What’s the Difference?

Episode 5: Resume Rewriting: Translating Teacher Skills to Instructional Design Skills

Episode 6: A Day in the Life

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Each week she brings real talk, advice and inspiration, and interviews to help budding IDs stand out from the crowd and get that first job. Whether you are trying to figure out if Instructional Design is right for you or you are ready to create a portfolio and rework your resume, you are in the right place to jumpstart your Instructional Design career.

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Thinking about a career in Corporate Instructional Design but have no idea how to get started? Wondering if it’s right for you? Trying to figure out how to stand out from the crowd and actually land your ID job? If any of these questions were a “YES”, and you want to get the REAL DEAL from someone with 20 years of Corporate ID experience, check out and subscribe to our podcast below!

Meet the Host

Jill Davidian

Jill is a 20 year veteran in the Instructional Design space, working as an ID/eLearning Developer and hiring them. She is the founder of Learning Strategy and Design, a custom learning solutions firm that designs learning for corporate clients, and she has helped over 500 aspiring Instructional Designers stand out and transition into the field through her 9-month ID career development program, Applied Instructional Design Academy.

She has her ear to the ground on what hiring managers are looking for and her passion is helping YOU create FREEDOM through this field.

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